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Dental Hygiene clinic open to the public at Forest Park

March 24, 2011

Because it is a hands-on curriculum, our dental hygiene students need patients to practice on, and the clinical program would like to increase its pool of patients.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Forest Park (A419) is open both mornings and afternoons Monday through Thursday, and on Friday mornings. Hours are from 8:30 to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The phone number is

Dental hygiene students work in clinic.  
Dental students work in clinic.

The fees are reduced from what you'd pay at a dentist’s office. A list of fees is posted at the clinic.

Their nominal fees are even further dis-counted as follows:

• 50% discount for STLCC faculty, staff and students from any campus
• 25% discount for Medicare recipients over 65 years of age
• No charge for valid Medicaid card holders

Your time is just as valuable as money, said Kim Polk, an assistant professor who is the program director. We have patients who appreciate knowing their time is valued, Polk said.

The amount of time you spend in the clinic depends on the skill level of the practicing student hygienist. A dental cleaning may take one or more sessions, depending on whether your clinician is a first or second year student. One thing the patients always know is that their teeth will be perfectly clean when they leave. We have instructors who check all the procedures throughout the visit. Patients  feel like they make a contribution because they are providing the students with invaluable experience. The bonus is they also receive excellent care.

In addition to dental cleanings, all patients receive a dental exam by the clinic dentist. Other available services are: dental x-rays, sealants, and fluoride treatment.

The clinic has 20 seats. It can accommodate special needs patients.

The associate degree program graduates 32 students a year, and there is a two-year waiting list to get into the program.