Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation helps give WSU students training for the real world

Ann Nguyen, a senior in dental hygiene at Wichita State, prepares to use the new digital panoramic X-ray machine on a patient visiting the clinic recently.
Ann Nguyen, a senior in dental hygiene at Wichita State, prepares to use the new digital panoramic X-ray machine on a patient visiting the clinic recently.

When students in WSU’s Dental Hygiene program started school this year, they found waiting for them a brand new digital panoramic X-ray machine, a cutting-edge piece of radiological equipment.

    The $27,550 machine was funded by Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation, for whom the Dental Hygiene Clinic is named in honor of the foundation’s longstanding support.

    “This has become a very common piece of equipment in dental practices,” said Denise Maseman, chair of the Dental Hygiene Department. “It’s important for students to have used the equipment they’re going to encounter out in practice.”

    As part of their education in radiology, dental hygiene students will use the panoramic X-ray machine as they provide oral health services to patients visiting the clinic in Ahlberg Hall. Students use the machine to provide digital scans of jaws, sinuses and teeth.

    The machine replaces one that had been donated to Wichita State in the late 1990s.

    “We’re very grateful to the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation for its ongoing support of the Dental Hygiene Department, which allows us to offer state-of-the-art education for our students and clinic services for our patients,” Maseman said.

    Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation is pleased to continue its financial support of WSU’s dental hygiene program, said Karen Finstad, the foundation’s executive director.

    “This equipment is estimated to benefit as many as 2,500 people a year through prevention and education aspects,” Finstad said. “It also will deliver sustainable solutions in building a trained workforce by ensuring students receive high-quality dental education.”

 

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