Dental Hygiene (A.A.S.)

Welcome to the Dr. Robert H. Hill II Dental Hygiene Clinic

We are delighted that you chose us for your preventive services. At Hudson Valley Community College, we are committed to providing you with the best patient-centered treatment possible, while providing our students with an excellent learning experience. Our students have been educated and evaluated to laboratory competency prior to treating patients in clinic. Students are closely supervised and evaluated as patient assessment and treatment progresses. Instructors are dentists or licensed dental hygienists with advanced degrees. A dentist is always present during clinic sessions.

Image of student and patient in dental clinic

Location: Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 127
Phone: (518) 629-7400
Fax: (518) 629-8111

Fee Schedule

Services Provided

Patient Information

Health History

Kids Corner

Clinic Hours

We schedule all patients by appointment. Please call (518) 629-7400 for an appointment time. Please note that we are teaching facility. Students depend on you to learn and meet requirements. If you are unable to keep your appointment, kindly notify the clinic 48 hours in advance. Please allow 2.5 hours for each appointment. Thank you.

Fall Semester (Sept. - Dec.) Senior Students
Tuesday Thursday Friday
9 a.m. * 9 a.m.
1 p.m. 1 p.m. *
4:30 p.m. * *

Spring Semester (Jan. - May) Senior and Freshman Students
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m.
* 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.
* 4:30 p.m. * * *

Health History

Before rendering services you will be asked to complete a health history in order to gather any pertinent information that could impact your dental treatment. 

Some medical conditions necessitate the need to take antibiotics before dental treatment. Please inform us of any chronic or infectious diseases, or conditions, that you have now, or in the past. If you are not sure about your specific condition, please call the Dental Hygiene Clinic, at (518) 629-7400, before making an appointment. We may possibly need medical clearance from your physician. Also, any allergies to medications or latex (rubber gloves) is important for us to know. Please bring a list of all medications and/or supplements that you are taking. Your cooperation is appreciated. We want to serve you in a professional and responsible manner, that is in your best interest. 

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Image of dental hygiene students providing servicesServices Provided

    Periodontal screening, oral evaluation, patient education, periodontal debridement, polishing, fluoride treatment. 

Full-mouth series 

Dental Hygiene Department Policy on Sealants: If you wish to have sealants on you or your child's teeth, an examination of the mouth is necessary. The dentist on duty may be asked to make the final approval. Bite-wing x-rays are necessary to rule out any decay between the teeth. If your private dentist is recommending sealants, we will need a prescription, signed by the dentist, detailing the particular teeth to be sealed. In this case, x-rays are not necessary. 

Policies on Bloodborne and Infectious Disease Management
The Hudson Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic employs policy and protocol standards based on the recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). The guidelines set forth are to provide the current standards for infection control in a dental setting, reflecting new scientific knowledge and growing understanding of the principles of infectious disease. These recommendations and guidelines keep our Dental Hygiene Clinic up to date as scientific information leads to improvements in infection control, risk assessment, and disease management in oral health care.  Please see the links below for additional information regarding policies on Bloodborne & Infectious Disease Management.
ADA Infection Control Resources

Policies on Radiation Management
Dental radiographs may be recommended as part of a patient's comprehensive care. The American Dental Association (ADA), in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have developed guidelines for patient selection and limiting radiation exposure. Hudson Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic adheres to these guidelines in the prescription and exposure of dental radiographs. The ADA/FDA guidelines will be provided to patients upon request.
ADA Dental Radiographic Examinations

Other services available include:

    • Dental Nutritional Counseling
    • Amalgam Polishing

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Fee Schedule
NOTE: All fees must be paid prior to having treatment.

PROPHYLAXIS: Adult: $10; Child 4-12 yrs.: $6
Hudson Valley Community College faculty, staff and students: Free

Includes the following: 

  • Health History/Blood Pressure
  • Periodontal Assessment
  • Oral/Dental Evaluation
  • Homecare Instruction
  • Teeth Cleaning/Debridement
  • Fluoride Treatment


  • Bitewings: $5
  • Full Mouth Series: $15
  • Panorex: $10
  • Panorex and Bitewings: $15

SEALANTS: $10/patient

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Patient Information Image of male Dental Hygienist

What is a Dental Hygienist?
A dental hygienist is a licensed primary oral health care professional. The dental hygienist is a clinician, oral health educator, health promoter, consumer advocate, administrator, and researcher. The goal of dental hygiene is to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. 

A wide range of settings is available for the practice of a dental hygienist, such as private dental offices, community clinics, hospitals, chronic care facilities, public health departments, educational institutions and research centers. 

Dental hygienists are regulated by state legislation. Generally the responsibilities of a dental hygiene clinician include the development, implementation and evaluation of a dental hygiene plan of care based on the client's needs: 

  1. Assessment: i.e. examining, assessing, and documenting oral conditions including those of the head and neck region through the use of clinical measurements, radiographs and other assessment methods.
  2. Planning:
  • Development of individualized oral hygiene programs for home care;
  • Development of a professional dental hygiene plan of care to meet the client's needs;
  • Diet analysis and counseling for dental caries control and prevention;
  • Educating clients regarding oral health planning;
  • Conducting oral health programs in the community.
  1. Implementation: i.e. non- surgical periodontal therapy (removing disease-related deposits on the tooth surface such as plaque and calculus as well as unsightly tooth stains for cosmetic purposes) applying decay preventing agents such as fluoride and sealants. 
  2. Evaluation: i.e. evaluating the success of a home care oral hygiene program evaluating the dental hygiene plan of care and with the client's satisfaction of that care plan.

Patient Resources

American Dental Hygienists' Association
American Dental Association
Dental Quackery

Dental Web Sites

Proctor and Gamble
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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