From left: Amber Cheraz, Donna Miranda, Eliana Almendarez, Isabel Cardenas, Erika Olvera, Amanda Head, Anna Wiley, Ashley Marquez, and Elizabeth Rivera

SFSC students showed off their knowledge of dental hygiene during the It’s Hygienic competition, on Saturday, Feb. 3, on the SFSC Highlands Campus.

SFSC’s Blue team, who called themselves the Molar Bears, came in first place and were presented with a trophy. The dental hygiene students on the team were Isabel Cardenas, Amanda Head, Ashley Marquez, and Donna Miranda. In second place was SFSC’s Red team, called the Prophy Wives. Team members were Eliana Almendarez, Amber Cheraz, Erika Olvera, and Elizabeth Rivera.

The competition covers the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) from core sciences to case study applications in a five-round quiz show format and serves as a means to prepare students for the national exam.

Other colleges participating in the It’s Hygienic competition were Eastern Florida State College (Cocoa), Indian River State College (Fort Pierce), and State College of Florida, Manatee/Sarasota. Each college fielded two teams of second-year dental hygiene students. This is the first year that the It’s Hygienic competition has been held in Florida.

“The It’s Hygienic competition is a rare opportunity for students from a number of colleges to work together and challenge each other in their knowledge of the topics in dental hygiene,” said Dr. Deborah Milliken, chair, dental education at SFSC. “This competition is unique in that it provides students with challenging questions that are typical of the NBDHE questions. The questions are vetted by dental hygiene instructors from around the country, so they are tested and deemed valid and relevant to the national board exam. It is a tough competition because most of the questions are presented orally; only the case study questions are written. Every question response is timed so the game has a rapid pace.”

It’s Hygienic is part of Board Games, L.L.C., which was created in 2015 by Maura Ordovensky and Bianca Harris, who are dental hygiene educators.