By Karl Heine

The Dental Hygiene Clinic here at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) offers students the chance to learn a useful trade. The clinic also offers a place where students, and the public, can receive excellent low-cost dental care, with state-of-the-art equipment, by high caliber students.

“[The] best kept secret as far as dental treatment,” says Marianne Dryer, the program director of the dental clinic here at 4Cs. “High caliber students work very closely with staff to ensure success through high quality education, and a state of the art dental hygiene clinic,” Dryer says, discussing the clinic’s strengths. Dryer keeps busy as director, overseeing the running of the clinic, the curriculum, faculty, hiring, ordering equipment, balancing the budget, and developing relationships with the community.

“It’s a great clinic to come to if you don’t have dental insurance,” says dental hygiene student Gini Costa, who is in her second year at the clinic.

The clinic, with limited space, runs Monday through Fridays. The schedule varies for the Spring and Fall semesters.

The clinic offers affordable dental care for the public. For people ages 14 and up, a complete prophylaxis, toothbrush, and examination is only $25.00. For full mouth x-rays, its $30.00, for bitewing x-rays $15.00, and for panelipse x-rays the cost is $30.00.

For children ages 3 to 13, a complete prophylaxis, toothbrush, examination and fluoride treatment is just $20.00.

For students of 4Cs, the services are even more affordable. For a complete prophylaxis, toothbrush, and examination, the cost is $15.00, for full mouth x-rays $25.00, bitewing x-rays are $10.00, and for a panelipse x-ray, it is $25.00.

For senior citizens, a complete prophylaxis, toothbrush, and examination the cost is $15.00. For a pit and fissure sealants, it costs $10.00 per tooth. Finally, it is $100.00 for a bleaching procedure.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic here at 4Cs offers students the chance to learn a useful trade. The clinic also offers a place where students and the public can receive excellent dental care with state-of-the-art equipment by high caliber students.

Located on the bottom floor of the Maureen Wilkens Building, the clinic is open to the public for cleanings, x-rays, and examinations. To schedule an appointment in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, please contact the dental hygiene administrative assistant, Denise Bridges, at (774) 330-4371. Students at 4Cs receive a student discount at the clinic. For a list of the clinic’s operating hours visit capecod.edu/web/dental/clinic/appointment.

Photograph of Melissa McNichol, Meranda Duket, and Paige Medeiros by Bruce McDaniel