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MCC dental hygiene offer: We'll put our students' hands where your mouth is

KINGMAN - Mohave Community College's Bullhead City campus has a dental hygiene clinic that's open to the public and offers routine cleanings for adults and children.

Services are performed under the supervision of fully licensed faculty members - four of whom are graduates of the program - while providing hands-on instruction to students.

"What you save in dollars takes a little more time," said Tracy Gift, director of dental education programs at MCC. A 1986 graduate of the dental hygiene program at Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry with a bachelors and master's degree from Youngstown State University, Gift has 30 years of practice and says that the extra time taken is actually worth the wait.

"Although patient appointments do take more time at the clinic because it is a teaching facility, all work is overseen and checked by dentists and instructors, so patients receive the best care available. We also take the time to teach patients how to best care for their teeth," said Gift.

Although the dental program at MCC is not designed to take the place of a periodic examination and diagnosis by a dentist, it does provide a low-cost option for many patients while providing dental students with valuable, hands-on training.

"We work in cooperation with the patient's dentist and suggest they see a dentist at regular intervals," said Gift. "Especially for services provided by a dentist such as fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, partials or dentures. We will also provide X-rays and periodontal findings to their dental office."

Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer session. Starting in August, clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. New patients are always welcome. Routine cleanings are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Call 928-704-7788 to schedule an appointment.