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SCC offers dental services to students

Sometimes the pain is a dull, throbbing ache that begins in the back of the mouth and echoes through the brain as a piercing migraine. Other times, gums are so swollen even the slightest bump with the tongue might elicit a bloody saliva wash that tastes like rust.

Many City College students are aware of the long-term effects of not having proper dental care.

Amid the financial drawing and quartering of tuition, books, housing and transportation, many students don’t have the resources for the oral exams, routine cleanings and X-rays that are needed to maintain a pain-free smile.

City College’s Dental Health Clinic may provide a solution.

“[For] many of our students on campus, funds are very limited while they’re studying,” says dental program administrative assistant Barbara Beale. “We make great concessions to accommodate them for the services they need.”

Beale says those concessions can add up to over $100,000 in care received by students.

Located in Room 135 in the Rodda South building, the dental health clinic’s staff is composed of students enrolled in the dental hygiene program. Dental assisting program students contribute through the analysis of patient X-rays. According to the clinic’s website, the services offered include cleaning and polishing teeth, fluoride applications, pit and fissure sealants and home-care instructions. Dental X-rays too, with a written request from a dentist.

The cost works for every budget.

“Free,” says Beale. “Every City College student receives one free cleaning each year.”

Beale says, upon examination, any necessary X-rays are also free. Even sealants come at a great discount.
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“Normally [they’re] $10 per tooth, which is a very big savings,” says Beale. “These can start anywhere from $50 on up in the community.”

The first appointment at the Dental Health Clinic for a City College student is a comprehensive oral exam, supervised by a rotation of practicing dentists operating as adjunct professors. Based on each student’s level of need, a dental care plan is established and future appointments scheduled from there.

Because the Dental Health Clinic specializes in preventative oral care, the clinic does not replace a student’s current dental care provider, if they have one.

“We do not do any sort of restorative care,” says dental hygiene program coordinator Melissa Fellman. “We have referral methods in place.”

Along with the financial savings, students who come for dental care will get a glimpse into the dental hygiene program curriculum.

“I have had students who are thinking of going into dentistry,” says Fellman, “and they come in to get their teeth cleaned so they can experience it and check [the program] out. I love that.”

On either side of the dental chair, students benefit from the Dental Health Clinic.

“It’s a win-win,” says Fellman.

For more information on the Dental Health Clinic visit alhealthclinic/.

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