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Take Advantage of Free Dental Care

This article appeared in the Oct. 22, 2019, issue of the student newsletter.

Were you aware that, as a DCCCD student, you're eligible for free dental care? Make an appointment with El Centro's Dental Hygiene Clinic today to take advantage of its free services! 

El Centro's Dental Hygiene program offers free dental hygiene services (except tooth whitening, which costs $75) through a teaching clinic. The program's students make and confirm appointments for their patients. 

Appointments are available during the Fall semester (August through December), the Spring semester (January through May) and during the Summer session (in June only). Scheduling an appointment in advance is required because walk-in appointments are rarely available. 

The Dental Hygiene students at El Centro provide many different services under supervision, including: 

  • Medical and dental history
  • Vital signs
  • Oral inspection and cancer screening
  • Deep cleaning with fluoride application
  • Polish restorations
  • Pit and fissure sealant application
  • Application of desensitizing agent
  • X-rays
  • Oral health education
  • Study models
  • Cleaning dentures and partials
  • Nutritional advisement
  • Infant oral health screening
  • Monitoring of nitrous oxide, if available
  • Placement of controlled release antimicrobials
  • Smoking cessation assistance
  • Tooth whitening 

If you're interested in becoming a patient and getting free dental care, call the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 214-860-2301 to schedule an appointment.