By Marco Zamudio – Collegiate Staff
Many students at Grand Rapids Community College are missing out on low-priced services offered by the on-campus dental clinic.
“For $15, students can receive a dental cleaning,” said Eve Sidney, director of GRCC’s Dental Auxiliary programs. “This is a greatly reduced fee (compared to) participating at a dental office, which can charge upwards of $250-$300.” In spite of budget-friendly pricing, however, Sidney notes that these services often go underused.
“I am amazed by the number of students, staff, and faculty members not utilizing our facility and its services,” Sidney said.
The GRCC Dental Clinic, located in room 301 of the Cook Academic Hall, offers preventative dental care to the public, which includes dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, blood pressure screenings and x-rays. Patients who are GRCC students will receive a discount on cleanings.
“It’s also a really good alternative for individuals that don’t have dental insurance,” said Kaylee Vandyke, a second year student of the dental program. “This program provides affordable dental care, while also providing dental program students valuable hands-on experience by working alongside certified dental professionals.”
Students who treat patients work under the supervision of licensed oral health professionals, including dentists. The clinic is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), which ensures strict guidelines and standards.
This semester, the GRCC Dental Clinic is open 5-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment or obtain more information about the dental clinic, students should speak to a receptionist at the clinic, visit their website or call (616)-234-4237.