Dental Hygiene Program offers free dental screenings

The Temple College Dental Hygiene program will begin free dental screenings for prospective patients from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 in the Jean and Ralph Wilson Dental Hygiene Clinic, located in the Health Sciences Center on the east side of the Temple College main campus. Screenings are performed on a walk-in basis (no appointment time necessary).

Additional screenings will take place on Mondays during the spring semester with the exceptions of February 23 and March 16. The final screening for this semester will be April 20. These screenings are offered in two sessions: 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.

A screening is a brief examination of the mouth by a member of the program faculty and is necessary prior to becoming a patient in the program. Hygiene students provide the full range of preventive care services as part of their learning experiences within the program; however no reparative/restorative services or tooth extractions are provided. The Temple College Dental Hygiene Program is in particular need of patients who have not received dental hygiene care for several years or whose gums bleed easily.

After a patient has been screened, a dental hygiene student practitioner will call the patient at a later date to set up a hygiene appointment. 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.

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