The Dental Hygiene Clinic has screenings for prospective patients most Mondays during the fall an...The Dental Hygiene Clinic has screenings for prospective patients most Mondays during the fall and spring semesters.The Temple College Dental Hygiene program will conduct free screenings for prospective patients beginning Monday, Sept. 13, in the Jean and Ralph Wilson Dental Hygiene Clinic, located on the Temple College campus.

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.

Screenings will take place on Mondays from Sept. 13 through Nov. 29. Screenings will be by appointment only from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Prospective patients should call the dental hygiene clinic 254-298-8688 to schedule a screening appointment. The dental hygiene clinic is located on the Temple College east campus off Marvin Felder Drive. Visitor parking is available in front of the Health Sciences Center building, where the clinic is located.

Screenings are performed by members of the Dental Hygiene program faculty and are necessary prior to becoming a patient in the program. Dental hygiene students provide the full range of preventive care services as part of their learning experiences within the program, however no reparative or restorative services are offered.

After patients have been screened, they will be called 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 Dental Hygiene Clinic at 254-298-8688.