Dental hygiene students at Bellingham Technical College are offering free screenings Tuesday, April 15, to find patients who qualify to be part of the students' board exams.
The college's second-year dental hygiene students are required to take seven board examinations in the last two quarters of their program. During one of the examinations, the students take qualifying patients to a test site to demonstrate their competence cleaning teeth.
Patients must have heavy calculus (tarter), molar teeth, no large cavities, no latex allergies, and no gum pockets over 6 mm. Also, it must have been at least five years since the patient's last cleaning.
Qualifying patients can drop in Tuesday or call the BTC Dental Clinic at 360-752-8349 for a free screening appointment. Screenings take about 15 to 20 minutes. Patients who qualify for the board exam will receive, at no cost, full mouth X-rays, teeth cleaning, and an exam.
People who do not qualify still may receive low-cost dental hygiene services at the clinic, depending on whether appointments are available. Additional screenings will be held April 21 to June 3.