• Dental Assisting Class Provides Service at Hope Day

    Posted by Dental Chairside Assisting Class on 6/1/2019

    Hope Day gave students the opportunity to give back to the local Bellport Community. Barbering students gave over 60 haircuts to clients free of charge. Dental Chairside Assisting students gave away over 400 care packages including children and adult toothbrushes and toothpaste. This event took place in Robert Rowley park on June 1st. Hope Day is a tristate initiative to provide services to those in need. From beatification, kids zone, health and human services and grocery give away--there was something for everyone.

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  • Dental Chairside Assisting and Barbering Students Rally BTC to help make the Holiday Bright for those in need

    Posted by Rob Van Brunt on 12/13/2018



    Mr. Ricciardo, Barbering teacher, his family, and Ms. Marzigliano, Dental Chairside Assisting teacher, held a Holiday Outreach to help make the holiday bright for local families in need.  With the generosity of BTC staff and friends, they reached their goal and collected toys and clothes for over 70 families and 260 children in need throughout our local community.  All donations will be delivered to the families this weekend with wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season.  We would like to thank everyone for their thoughtfulness, support and for spreading joy and happiness this holiday season!

    Holiday Outreach


    Holiday Outreach


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    Posted by Dental Chairside Assisting Students on 9/28/2018

    On September 28, 2018, the students attending Ms. Marzigliano's Dental Chairside Assisting program were visited by guest speaker, Mr. Pousson.  Mr. Pousson is a representative from A-dec Inc. and he gave a presentation on the operation, use and care of the dental chairs.

    Dental Chair Assisting students were visited by guest speaker from A-dec Inc.

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  • Rewards of Dentistry

    Posted by AcademyLI News on 5/30/2018

    Daniel A. Hassler, DDS, RDH, DHSc, MSHL was the guest speaker at the Dental Chairside Assisting Program at the Academy at Bixhorn Technical Center. He spoke to the students about the dental profession and products, such as the Waterpik, invented in 1962, now referred to as a water flosser. Innovation and technology has transformed an outdated instrument into one that proves its effectiveness.


    Dr. Hassler explains the benefits of using a water flosser, when used properly.


    Dr. Hassler said that about one-fourth of people lie to their dentists about flossing and people would rather do unpleasant things like sit in traffic or do unpleasant chores than floss. Scientific information and studies prove that a water flosser is better than string flossing, when used properly, and to that end, the American Dental Association (ADA) has given its stamp of approval.


    Dr. Hassler’s provided detailed information about hydraulic force, pulsation, and pressure when using a water flosser.


    The real-world experiences Hassler shared with the students made the presentation interesting and lively. On a serious note, he said, “Dentistry is rewarding. You have to work at it. If you start out as a dental assistant, be the best dental assistant you can be.”


    Students thought the presentation was very informative and they appreciated his professional feedback. Dr. Hassler answered questions related to gingivitis and periodontal diseases and the science of dentistry.


    Dr. Hassler with students in the Dental Chairside Assisting Program at the Academy at Bixhorn Technical Center.


    He concluded his presentation by imploring the students to separate and be clear about what is myth and fact when it comes to bright, white, and healthy teeth. He said, “It’s important to have scientific fact and know when the ADA approves a technique or product before using it or suggesting it to anyone.” He said, “Many people believe that rubbing orange slices on teeth will help stop gingivitis or that “oil pulling” is beneficial for dental and general health. These things may work, but there is no scientific proof and the ADA does not recommend these as good dental hygiene practices. When in doubt, always defer to what is scientifically proved, and approved.”

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  • Dental Assisting Students work with Early Childhood Ed Students to Teach Preschoolers about Dental Hygiene

    Posted by AcademyLI News on 2/28/2018

    Students Emphasize Good Habits during Dental Health Month

    Dental student working with a preschooler    Preschooler sits on mother's lap while hygienist examines her teeth; a dental student observes


    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the Academy Dental Assisting students recently taught the preschoolers in the Early Childhood Education Program the proper way to brush their teeth. The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES, with campuses in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead.


    A preschooler get his teeth examines by a hygienist while two denal students look on    Two preschoolers and a dental student play with a toy dental set


    During a collaborative event, the dental students used a variety of toys and worksheets to demonstrate ideal brushing and flossing techniques to the youngsters. Toys included extra-large, inflatable molars; oversized toothbrushes; toy dental sets; and graphic worksheets. Next, preschoolers watched an animated video about healthy hygiene and then sat in the dental chairs for a free screening. Screenings were performed by the dental assisting teacher and the former teacher (she now works in another capacity at the school), both of whom are registered dental hygienists. “This collaboration provided my students with hands-on interaction with pediatric patients and the opportunity to learn and assist in real-time as I performed screenings,” explained Dental Assisting Teacher Tierney Marzigliano.  

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    Students attending the dental hygiene program at Briarcliffe College visited Ms. Donohue's Dental Chairside Assisting program where they discussed medical emergencies in the dental office.  The students came to the Academy at BTC as part of their community oral health project.  They role played as students from Briarcliffe posed as patients experiencing a medical emergency and Ms. Donohue's students had to try to determine the type of emergency and correct treatment and protocol for the emergency.



    December 1, 2016, Ms. Donohue's Dental Chairside Assisting class was visited by former student, Genesis Rodas.  Genesis graduated from Ms. Donohue's class in 2014 and is now a successful head dental assistant working at Smile Makers, office of Dr. Erika Smith.  Genesis shared stories of her day to day work activities as a head dental assistant and her path to success.  We  would like to congratulate Genesis on her success and for coming back to the Academy at Bixhorn Technical Center and sharing her experience with our students!



    Inter-program Collaboration

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    How do you help young children overcome fears or anxiety about potentially frightening experiences such as going to the dentist or a trip to the doctor or hospital? Exposing children early, before the visit occurs, through child-centered play-based activities prepares children for what to expect and makes them feel in control of the situation. In celebration of Dental Health Month, the children in Jayne Kaht’s Early Childhood Education class at the Academy at Milliken Technical Center enjoyed learning about dental health, tooth care and cavity prevention through an integrated curriculum theme. The children participated in songs, stories, puppet shows, math, science and language arts activities that reinforced concepts about good nutrition and dental care.

    To enhance their experience, the children and their parents visited Carol Donahue’s Dental Assisting class at The Academy at Bixhorn Technical Center where the learning through fun continued with scrubbing giant teeth, brushing with magic floss and building a comfort level through activities with the Dental Assisting students before joining them in the lab to have their teeth counted, checked and cleaned. For some of the children, this was this first time sitting in a dentist’s chair, and they enjoyed the ride with their friends!

    The unit culminated with a visit from Pediatric Dentist Dr. Melissa (Melnick) of Sachem Dental Group and her staff who visited the classroom. Dr. Melissa was very impressed with the wealth of knowledge our preschoolers displayed and how comfortable they were to have her look in their mouths and count their teeth!