The Temple College Dental Hygiene program will conduct free dental screenings for prospective patients beginning Monday, Sept. 11, in the Jean and Ralph Wilson Dental Hygiene Clinic, located in the Health Sciences Center on the Temple College campus.

Screenings will be held every Monday from Sept. 11 through Nov. 27. They will be performed on a walk-in basis from 8:30-11 a.m. and from 1:30-3 p.m.

Screenings are brief examinations of the mouth by faculty members from the Temple College Dental Hygiene program and are necessary prior to becoming a patient in the program. Temple College Dental Hygiene students will provide the full range of preventive care services to patients who are accepted as part of their learning experiences within the program. Hygiene appointments will be set up at a later date.

The Dental Hygiene program is in particular need of patients who have not received dental hygiene care for several years or whose gums bleed easily.

There is a $15 fee for hygiene services, which include cleaning and polishing, radiographs (X-rays), pit and fissure sealants when appropriate, fluoride applications, nutritional counseling and home care instruction. The fee 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.