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Indiana colleges help lower dental costs

Sep 07, 2012

Photo Source: Indiana University

It’s enough to make you want to move to northern Indiana.

The Indiana University South Bend Dental Hygiene Clinic in South Bend, Indiana, is a win-win for local residents needing dental treatment but who may lack the money to receive quality care in a professional setting.  

Two area colleges, IU-South Bend and Indiana community college Ivy Tech of South Bend, provide dental services at the inexpensive dental hygiene clinic. Regular dental services include a full dental examination, x-rays, a periodontal exam and a head and neck exam. Other services include:

  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Teeth Cleanings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Sealants
  • Dietary Counseling
  • Dental Care Instructions

The clinic has dental chairs, a full complement of dental tools and has been serving the community for 40 years. Thirty students per semester work in the clinic, serving 2,000 patients a year.

“The people are real nice over here and also, they are not so expensive,” says Edwin Garcia, a retiree who lost his health insurance when he retired.

Indeed, the prices would meet the approval of Jack Benny and Ebenezer Scrooge. Adults pay $30, kids, seniors, and IU South Bend students, faculty and staff pay $15.

“Because it is a community outreach type of clinic, we are seeing patients who may have never received dental care in a long time,” says Kristyn Quimby, IUSB Dental Hygiene Program Director. “They come here and they can feel comfortable.”

The clinic is open September through June and appointments are required. Those wishing to make an appointment are encouraged to call early because the semesters fill up fast.

Sources:, Indiana University South Bend

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