State Fair Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is looking for possible patients to help students during their board certification tests.
The clinic will host a free screening Wednesday for those 16-years and older who haven’t had a teeth cleaning or dental care in several years.
“When we take our practical boards we have to physically work on a patient to show what we’ve learned,” said SFCC dental student Cambria Stewart. “They’re usually a little hard to find because we need patients who haven’t had a cleaning in five years or so and have a lot of plaque build up.”
Stewart said the dental program hosts free screenings every year to search for patients. Those who attend will receive a certificate for a free cleaning at the dental clinic, regardless if they qualify as a patient or not.
“(The screening) is a pretty simple process,” Stewart added. “Giving the medical history is usually the longest part of the process, it takes about 10 minutes. After that we’ll get out our mirror and start looking at the teeth, writing everything down.
“If you haven’t had a cleaning in a while the plaque can start to build up and harden, turning into tarter. Those are the teeth we’re looking for because we have to show (during the board certification) that we know how to properly clean built up plaque.”
Stewart said about half the class still needs patients and encouraged area residents to come to the screening, even if they didn’t think they would qualify as a patient.
“It benefits both them and us, frankly. They’re getting a free screening and a certificate for a free cleaning and we’re getting practice and, hopefully, patients,” she said.
The free dental screening will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the clinic adjacent to the walking track at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the SFCC Sedalia campus. For more information call 596-7406.