From the State College of Florida
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Dental Hygiene Clinic is accepting new patients. SCF’s Dental Hygiene Clinic at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 2, provides teeth cleanings, oral examinations, dental X-rays, fluoride and sealants to individuals 6 and older. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Care is provided by SCF students under the supervision of licensed dental hygiene instructors and dentists who check the services provided to patients. The clinic gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience so they are prepared to work as dental hygienists after graduation. The cost ranges from $10 per quadrant for sealants to $37 for adult complex cleanings with medicaments. No insurance is required.
SCF dental hygiene students also regularly participate in community service projects for low-income children and families. SCF students, instructors and recent graduates provide oral screenings, fluoride applications, education and referrals for homeless or at-risk children.
Students’ hands-on experience combined with the education they receive from qualified SCF faculty prepare them to excel at state competitions and on the national examination they are required to pass after they graduate. Since the program began, graduates have continued the tradition of SCF’s 100 percent pass rate on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.