TMCC Dental Hygiene Clinic Information

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The TMCC Dental Hygiene Program's Dental Clinic is primarily a teaching clinic, and therefore, patients receiving dental hygiene care will be participating in the teaching program.

Patients will be accepted only if they are considered suitable as teaching cases. Treatment will be performed by a student and will be supervised by a dentist and faculty. Treatment under supervision generally requires more time than if done in a private practice and most appointments will be approximately three to four hours in length. For adults, multiple appointments may be required.

The Clinic has a policy regarding appointments: All patients are required to remain the entire length of the appointment unless prior arrangements are made with the student dental hygienist.

The following services may be provided by the Dental Hygiene students under supervision in the Dental Clinic:

  • Medical and Dental History Review
  • Oral Inspection
  • Risk Assessment
  • Oral Hygiene Education & Instruction
  • Dental Nutritional Counseling
  • Tobacco Cessation Counseling
  • Digital and Traditional Imaging (X-rays)
  • Application of Pit and Fissure Sealants
  • Fluoride Treatment/Therapy
  • Tooth Desensitization Procedures
  • Prosthesis Care for Partial and Full Dentures
  • Adult and Child cleanings
  • Periodontal Screening and Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy  

The Dental Hygiene Program Clinic is not a substitute for a regular visit to your dentist. It is recommended that all patients seek dental care between visits. In certain cases, treatment in the Dental Hygiene Clinic may be refused until treatment is provided by the patient's dentist.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian, who must remain in the clinical reception area during the appointment. The Consent for Treatment form must be signed by a parent or a legal guardian prior to providing treatment for children under 18 years of age. Children under three years of age may not be mature enough for clinical care, and a referral to a children's specialist (Pediatric Dentist) may be required.

TMCC students, staff, and faculty are not responsible or liable for unaccompanied minors.