Grinding, chomping and sometimes “clacking” throughout the day while eating, sleeping, stressed and chilled can damage teeth.
Some of those problems could be avoided by taking advantage of free dental services that Amarillo College offers to any student with a valid college ID. The services are completed by dental students and are supervised by licensed professionals.
Courses for future dental hygienists take place on the West Campus. Clients can be advised on how to maintain long-term oral health.
The services also can help with preventing oral cancer, gum disease and bad breath.
Dental hygienist students can help people keep their original teeth, along with bright smiles, by detecting early stages of dental health issues.
Multiple services are offered at little to no cost, making it less expensive for those who don’t have dental insurance or need to see a dental professional between visits to their family dentist.
“It’s a fantastic service for students to take advantage of,” said Dr. Donna Cleere, a professor and program director of the dental hygiene program. “The services are free, our dental hygiene students do a wonderful job, and patient care is overseen by professional licensed dentists and dental hygienists.”
The services are mostly free, and prices can be as low as $5 for local anesthetic when required as well as sealants for each tooth.
Amanda Lester-Chisum, a clinical director, said that’s just a fraction in comparison to other services.
“The cost of the procedures we provide would be much higher in a private office; they can be anywhere from $350 to $1,500, depending on the specific case,” Lester-Chisum said.
To make an appointment, call the dental clinic at 806-354-6050.