BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - The dental hygiene program at Howard College in Big Spring is offering free screenings for patients this week.
The promotion helps students find patients for their National Board Exam, the student's last test of the year.
Students are ideally looking to find patients who haven't had a dental check in more than five years.
If a patient qualifies they will receive a full mouth radiograph, and even if they don't the screening still provides a patient with valuable information says Tori Barrandey, a second-year dental hygiene student.
"We take an overall build of the mouth, how much build-up of tartar you have, and based on that we can tell you how many appointments you'll need and the treatment plan from there," says Barrandey.
Students also say the screenings help them develop their interpersonal skills with patients.
"It really teaches us how to interact with patients in the real world," says Marti Madrid, a second-year dental hygiene student.
There will be two more free screening sessions on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and then from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
As for those who are more up to date, the dental hygiene program also offers a variety of treatments such as cleanings, bleach trays and X-rays, for just a $20 dollar visit charge.