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QCC Students Attend Yankee Dental Congress

February, 2017
  • Valerie Mazzola-Kaloustian and Alicia Vautier
  • Maria Santana and Suzanne Scaltreto
  • Michelle Acker and Sadie Ford

Six senior dental hygiene students presented research topics at the Yankee Dental Congress Dental and Hygiene Scientific Poster Session on Saturday, January 28, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. 

The dental hygiene students submitted seven scientific abstracts and three abstracts were selected to be presented at this conference, which is a regional event open to all the dental hygiene schools from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island. There were a total of eight spots available in the dental hygiene division and QCC students held three of those. They competed against four-year dental hygiene programs (University of New England) and post-graduate program (MCPHS University). Our students presented with dental undergraduate students and dental post-graduate students.

This is the tenth year dental hygiene students have attended this regional event, where the American Dental Hygiene Association holds its annual District 1 Student Business Meeting. Dental hygiene schools from New England gather to network and learn about current legislation that is shaping the future of the dental hygiene profession. This year, 30 dental hygiene students from QCC attended.

“We may be on the smaller size of dental hygiene programs, but we are mighty when it comes to supporting our professional organization,” said Dental Hygiene Professor Elaine Trottier. “As a side note, our dental hygiene program has hosted two of these District 1 Student Business Meetings and provided support for the ADHA Annual Session which celebrated 100th birthday of dental hygiene profession in Boston 2013.”

The students who presented were:

  • Michelle Acker and Sadie Ford: “Obesity and Periodontal Disease: Is there a Correlation?”
  • Valerie Mazzola-Kaloustian and Alicia Vautier: “The Effects of Diet on Oral Inflammation”
  • Maria Santana and Suzanne Scaltreto: “Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancers and Their Correlation to the Human Papilloma Virus”