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Dental Hygiene Program offering clinical services “at no cost” this fall semester

Cleanings, blood pressure screenings among several available services

Article by Melinda Eddleman

Del Mar College’s (DMC) Dental Hygiene Program is offering some ways to help Coastal Bend residents smile a little brighter and keep their wallets a little less empty. Now that the fall 2023 semester has started, the program is offering clinic hours and services at no charge from now until mid-December.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic offers a variety of services including medical history reviews, blood pressure screenings, intra-oral examinations, dental preliminary assessments, periodontal assessments, dental hygiene education, oral cancer screenings, radiographs (x-rays), fluoride treatments (as needed), selective polishing, conservative periodontal therapy, dental hygiene therapy and dental sealants.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic is a beneficial opportunity for both Coastal Bend residents seeking  available services at our clinic while also providing our Dental Hygiene students with hands-on training.“As a community service that’s offered at no cost, our students are preparing for the workforce as dental hygiene professionals and providing services that meet certain dental needs among patients who make use of the clinic.

Eva Sepulveda, Director of DMC Dental Programs

The clinic gives Dental Hygiene students the hands-on experience and required hours needed to complete the program. Students performing procedures are under the supervision of program faculty, and patients’ care usually requires more than one visit. Patient selection is based on the educational and clinical requirements of Dental Hygiene students. DMC faculty will determine acceptance of patients after a “qualifying appointment.”  

For full details about patient selection, appointments and other pertinent information, visit the clinic web page at www.delmar.edu/offices/dental-clinic/index.html.

The facility is located in Room 125 of Health Science Building 1 on Del Mar College’s Windward Campus at 4101 Old Brownsville Road (78405). Access directions and the online campus map. Operational hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. as well as Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon with appointments required.

Sepulveda noted, “For over 50 years, Del Mar College’s Dental Programs have trained professionals who have staffed dentists’ offices and clinics all over our area. I’m confident that you can walk into any dental care office today and meet one of our graduates from the Dental Hygiene Program.” 

To schedule a “qualifying appointment,” contact Amanda Canales, Patient Care Assistant, at 361-698-2854 or dentalclinic@delmar.edu.



About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.