CONCORD — Thanks to a grant of $7,410 from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, NHTI, Concord’s Community College recently purchased a new DXTTR (Dental X-ray Teaching and Training Robot) Jr. for its Allied Dental Education programs.
The Allied Dental Education programs at NHTI train roughly 100 new dental students every year (about 30 dental assistants and 70 dental hygienists), and offer continuing education classes for practicing professionals. While the students ultimately hone their skills through supervised practice on actual patients in the school’s dental clinic, they practice on manikins until they can demonstrate that they are ready to work on live patients.
The school had several adult-size manikins, but only one child-size model – and that one was outdated. Purchased in 2003, it was designed in the era of film-based x-rays and could not accommodate the larger sensors used in modern digital radiology.
“Students need practice on children, as much if not more so than adults, in order to develop clinical skills and meet scaling requirements,” says Allied Dental Education Department Head Debra Albrecht, “but in our clinic setting students see more adult patients than children.”
“Dexter Jr” is designed to replicate a child 7-9 years of age, with life-like mixed dentition including tooth buds and partially erupted adult teeth. It is specifically designed to accommodate modern radiology sensors.
“We are proud to support NHTI’s Allied Dental Education programs through assisting with the purchase of this important, updated equipment. We know that this updated manikin will help NHTI’s students practice their clinical skills which they will bring with them as they enter the workforce,” said Kathleen B. Walker, Treasurer of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation.
“The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has been a longtime generous partner to our Allied Dental Education programs,” says NHTI President Dr. Susan B. Dunton. “We thank them for once again helping to ensure that our programs remain at the cutting edge of dental education, so that we can continue to provide top flight dental professionals to serve the needs of our state.”
PHOTO (above): Sidney, an NHTI dental assisting student, practices her skills on “Dexter Jr” under the supervision of Prof. Lynnea Adams. The students have nicknamed the manikin “Ned” in honor of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation.
NHTI is a dynamic public institution of higher learning providing accessible, rigorous education, serving students, businesses and the community by creating pathways for lifelong learning, career advancement and civic engagement. With 95 full-time faculty and over 300 adjunct faculty, NHTI Concord’s Community College offers more than 80 academic programs to more than 7,000 students annually. NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire, and has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, a nongovernmental, nationally recognized accrediting agency, since 1969.