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Free dental screenings set for March 11 and 25

UTHealth students seek patients to treat during licensing exams in May 2020

Published: February 07, 2020 by Rhonda Whitmeyer

UTHealth student in masks, gloves and wearing loupes performs a dental procedure on a patient who is wearing plastic eye protection.
UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston will offer free dental screenings March 11 and 25, 2020, to find patients who can be treated in May when senior dental and dental hygiene students take licensing exams.

Senior dental and dental hygiene students at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston are looking for patients with specific dental problems to treat during a licensing board exam May 7-9, 2020. If you think you have cavities, or if it’s been at least 10 years since you’ve had a dental cleaning, you may be exactly what the students are seeking. 

Among other requirements, tests administered by the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) in May will require the students to fill cavities and deep-clean teeth that have significant tartar buildup. 

To help the students find patients who qualify, the School of Dentistry will hold free screening events on Wednesday, March 11 and March 25 at UTHealth School of Dentistry, 7500 Cambridge St. in Houston. Check-in time is between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Screenings will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis. The treatments are free, but to qualify, patients must meet the following criteria:  

  • Age 18 or older, with valid ID
  • Must have most of the back teeth
  • No existing orthodontic treatment (braces)
  • No known history of latex allergy
  • No heart attack, stroke, or cardiac surgery within the past six months
  • No Type I diabetes
  • Must be available for at least four hours on May 7, 8, or 9 for the clinical board exam.

 To sign up for the screening, or for more information, send name and contact information to UTSD@uth.tmc.edu, subject line “WREB.”

 

 

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