The Lake Land College dental hygiene clinic has a new location and more room to offer affordable dental care to the public, while also providing students a state-of-the-art education.
The lab, now located in Northwest 116, offers patients an exam, cleaning, x-rays, and fluoride treatments at $10 for students and $15 for adults. There are plenty of appointments available this fall.
"The students do an excellent job and get to work on their clinical hours. Patients get cost effective oral healthcare," said Deborah Kirts, director of Dental Hygiene.
Kirts said the service takes longer than traditional exams, so patients are asked to reserve four hours for each appointment. However, patients are receiving affordable dental care in exchange for their time. Kirts said the lab sees many patients who have no dental insurance. In addition, because of the large work area in the lab, the clinic can work on large families at once. Kirts also acknowledged that many patients just like to give back to the local community college.
"We are preparing the hygienists of the future and we would like to give them a variety of experiences. We ask that the community help by providing them with those experiences," Kirts said.