Keep Your Smile Happy
Dixie State University Dental Hygiene Program Runs a Community Clinic with Discounted Rates
By Erin Hakoda
What do bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke all have in common? They can all be brought on by poor dental care. Let dental hygienists in training help you avoid these health problems at the Dixie State University Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Dixie State’s clinic provides personalized dental care to the St. George community while also providing Trailblazer students with the opportunity to actively learn through clinical application. Offering dental services at discounted rates to community members of all ages, DSU dental hygiene students provide oral health care education as well as preventative dental hygiene services, including teeth cleaning and whitening, sealant placements, fluoride treatments, and x-rays.
During the fall semester, the clinic is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, during the spring semester, senior students will begin offering fillings for simple cavities. The clinic will also be open four days a week in the spring: Mondays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic is located in the Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus at 1526 E. Medical Center Drive.
“Oral health is about more than just preventing bad breath and cavities,” says Lisa Welch, Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene. “The mouth is a reflection of your whole-body health. The care you get from a student at Dixie’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is comparable to the care you’d get at a dental office. Because students are actually being graded on the care they give, you’ll always receive an extremely thorough treatment.”
Students receive extensive training and must demonstrate competency in clinical services before they advance to work at the public clinic. “Our students are required to follow full clinical processes each and every time, which includes creating a specially tailored plan of care for each individual patient they see,” Welch adds.
The Dixie State University clinic maintains a ratio of one instructor to four students, giving each person the opportunity for specialized and individualized instruction. “This clinic is essential to provide students heightened opportunities for learning,” Welch explains. “Everything we do is very hands on, and students get the chance to practice what they’ll later do daily as a hygienists when they graduate.”
With excellent clinical facilities and accomplished faculty, the DSU Dental Hygiene Program is nationally ranked, and the University is dedicated to providing Trailblazers up-to-date, cutting edge education. As the parameters of dental hygiene have grown in at least seven states to include restorative services like fillings, Dixie State has also expanded its program to reflect these industry changes. “We want our students to be able to practice wherever they go,” Welch says.
At the DSU clinic, junior and senior students get to take charge of entire patient appointments. They make evaluations, including risk assessments for oral cancer, cavities, and periodontal disease. From there, they make analytical assessments and apply their knowledge to formulate a plan of care, which they review with an instructor before implementing.
“We’re always looking for patients,” says Patricia Wintch, Program Director and Associate Dean of Health Sciences. “Everyone is welcome at the DSU Dental Clinic. We love being an integral part of the community and meeting its needs.”
Call 435-879-4900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange an appointment. Like and follow the DSU Dental Hygiene Clinic on Facebook for updates about specials and upcoming events.