Students and faculty members with Missouri Southern’s dental hygiene program had a chance to sink their teeth into state government during a trip to Jefferson City earlier this month.

“The Missouri Dental Hygienists’ Association held their annual Lobby Day,” said Kim Rogers, assistant professor and student organization adviser. “Students and hygienists are encouraged to come and meet with them, and to schedule appointments with legislators to talk about legislation that may impact our profession.”

Rogers said that nearly 50 students and almost all the dental hygiene faculty made the trip to the state capitol on Feb. 12.

Legislative issues the students learned about included a bill introduced by state Rep. Donna Litchtenegger that would require public notification if a community is considering removing fluoride from the water. They also met with Sen. Ron Richard, who talked with the students and gave them a tour of the House and Senate floor.

“He was fabulous with our students,” said Rogers. “He has always been such a strong supporter of Missouri Southern and the Health Sciences Building.

“The event let (our students) put on their professional hats and become aware of issues that are going on and part of helping our profession.”