The Temple College Dental Hygiene program will conduct weekly screenings for prospective patients beginning Monday, Jan. 23.

Screenings will be done from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Monday from Jan. 23 through April 24. No screenings will be done on Monday, March 13, due to Spring Break.

Screenings are offered on a walk-in basis and take place in the Jean and Ralph Wilson Dental Hygiene Clinic, which is located on the first floor of the Health Sciences Center on the Temple College east campus.

Patients who have not received dental hygiene care for several years or whose gums bleed easily are particularly encouraged to come in for a screening. Screenings are conducted by faculty members from the Temple College Dental Hygiene program and are necessary before residents can receive services at the clinic.

After prospective patients have been screened, Temple College dental hygiene student practitioners will call patients to set up hygiene appointments at a later date. These student practitioners provide a full range of preventive care services as part of their learning experience, including cleaning and polishing, radiographs (x-rays), pit and fissure sealants when appropriate, fluoride applications, nutritional counseling, oral cancer screenings and home care instruction.

There is a $15 fee for dental hygiene services, which is due at the first cleaning appointment. No reparative or restorative services are offered.

For more information, contact the Temple College Dental Hygiene Clinic at 254-298-8688.