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UMA Dental Health Faculty Presents at International Conference

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Nancy Foster, Amanda Willette and Danielle Furgeson stand in front of research poster at the International Global Dental Hygiene Conference in Ottawa, CAN.

On October 19, University of Maine at Augusta Assistant Professors in the Dental Health Program Amanda Willette and Nancy L. Foster attended and presented a study and research poster at the International Global Dental Hygiene Conference in Ottawa, Canada.

This research was funded by a UMA Presidential Research Grant and conducted in collaboration with Danielle Furgeson, a Registered Dental Hygienist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  The project, Cross-Sectional Assessment of the Practice Patterns of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries in Maine, examined the effect of a newly enacted Maine law that allows expanded functions for dental assistants or hygienists in an effort to provide dental services in at-risk and underserviced areas of the state.  The poster provided a visual representation of geographic practice patterns that the study sought to examine.  While additional research will be needed to fully assess, the study results and poster were well received by the conference attendees from around the globe.

University of Maine at Augusta Dental Hygiene Program

The University of Maine at Augusta Dental Hygiene program is located on the UMA Bangor campus and offers the only accredited dental hygiene program at a public institution in Maine where students can earn a three-year Associates degree in Science in Dental Hygiene or complete one additional year to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.  Learn more about the UMA Dental Hygiene program.

International Global Dental Hygiene Conference

The International Global Dental Hygiene Conference brings the Canadian and international dental hygiene communities together in order to:

  • Share new knowledge obtained through research investigations
  • Explore how to translate research to practice in a meaningful and useful manner
  • Explore oral health research
  • Build collegial relationships among oral health researchers and organizations representing academia, government, and industry
  • Build collegial relationships among oral health researchers and organizations representing academia, government, and industry
  • Provide opportunities for “hands-on” training in scientific writing, editorial review, searching for best evidence, and teaching research methods