Blinn College students help provide free dental services to area children on Thursday | Local News
Blinn College’s Dental Hygiene Program is offering free dental services to elementary-aged children in the Brazos Valley on Thursday through its annual Give Kids a Smile clinic.
The clinic is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the College Post Office Center on the Bryan Campus at 301 Post Office St. in Bryan. Although it’s free, parents should make an appointment by calling 209-7485.
In addition to Blinn College students, dental services — exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, fluoride and education — will be provided by volunteers from the Brazos Valley Dental Hygiene Society and local dentists.
Blinn students have been participating in the annual event since 2008, but it was discontinued in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release, Blinn College dental hygiene instructor Dana Wood said students and staff were excited to bring him back, saying oral health had “taken center stage” for families during this period.
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Between 2008 and 2019, the press release says, Blinn dental hygiene students provided more than $200,000 in free dental services to children in Brazos Valley.
A maximum of 12 children will be seen each hour, and any child registered after the end of the 12 appointments will be placed on a waiting list to receive care on another date. According to the press release, visitors to the clinic will be required to wear a mask all the time they are inside the building except for the child during the appointment.
Outside of the Give Kids a Smile event, Blinn’s dental hygiene program offers discounted cleanings and screenings for the general public for $20 per person.