Written By | SALVADOR GUTIERREZ |
The Dental Hygiene program at Amarillo College is offering dental preventive services for free to AC students and staff that cannot afford to see a dentist. Program Director Donna Cleere said that services are provided by the students of the Dental Hygiene Department under the direct supervision of the clinical dentists and dental hygiene faculty and are limited to preventive dental procedures.
These include teeth cleaning, dental prophylaxis, diet and home-care instructions, topical fluoride applications and rinses, oral cancer screening, blood sugar tests and dental radiographs. Most of the services are about disease prevention.
The services are provided for Amarillo College students, faulty and staff for free. The clinic also is open to the public, but a fee of $35 dollars will be charged. AC students have to take their ID to make an appointment. Students must also provide a medication list.
New patients will have a preliminary exam and X-rays as an evaluation. Cleere stated that this program also help the students of the dental program gain experience in the dental field. They posses one of the best facilities to learn and practice.
Today the dental clinic services program has 18 thousand patients on its database. Student Amber Bragg said that as a student she had a lot of guidance, excellent professors and hands-on experience. Patients and students can call to the 806 354 6050 to make an appointment or they can walk in. The clinic is located at the AC West Campus, 6222 W. Ninth Ave.