Free dental cleanings for children a big hit

Anica Graney, Digital Designer 

Smiles are contagious. Healthy, clean smiles even more so.

Madison College’s dental hygienist program is on a mission to create as many healthy, clean smiles as possible, while also raising awareness during National Children’s Dental Health Month. 

Free dental cleanings, x-rays and sealants were available for children ages 3-17 on Feb. 10, 12 and 14.

This opportunity was a major hit in past years and continues to serve children and the community, especially for those who cannot afford regular dental care. 

Appointments began at 7:30 a.m. and noon, giving training hygienists the opportunity to clean two patients’ teeth a day while this promotion was available. 

Samantha Gorman, a student dental hygienist, was able to bring her son, Josiah, along with two of her older children in for a teeth cleaning during this promotion. She introduced Josiah to proper teeth cleaning techniques and made the experience fun and educational. 

“This promotion allows us to meet our child requirements and bring in new clients,” says Gorman. Along with helping the student hygienists complete their child teeth cleaning requirements, this opportunity benefited the community by providing free cleanings and other dental procedures for those who could otherwise not afford it.  

Missing out on this opportunity won’t be the only chance to receive discounted dental care. The dental hygiene program has cleaning rates at $25 for Madison College students and $35 for non-Madison College students which includes everything except sealants. 

It is a great price for great care while also supporting hygienists in training.