EPCC dental program provides exams open to public

October 18, 2016

 A typical visit to the dentist’s office could cost you hundreds of dollars even with insurance depending on what you get done.



Justin Carmona, dental student, performs exam on Carlos Martinez.


However, EPCC Dental Program will only charge you $20. 

The students enrolled in the dental hygiene program at the Rio Grande campus are learning the trade of dental care. 

They perform dental exams, dental cleaning, complete x-rays, cancer screening, teeth polishing, fluoride treatment and dental sealants. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90 percent of people aged between 20 and 64 have had at least one cavity, 27 percent of those go untreated.


“Tartar doesn’t come off with tooth brushing, you can brush as hard as you want and you won’t remove that and that actually contributes to gum disease which can also contribute to periodontal disease, which is bone loss and that leads to possible tooth loss,” said Justin Carmona, a student enrolled in the dental hygiene program.

“So much systemic disease, a lot of people don’t realize, originates in the mouth. There’s been links between your dental health and the rate of having a stroke or heart disease. Everything is linked to your mouth,” Carmona said. 

Oral cancer is also caused by having an unhealthy mouth.


According to the CDC there were 40,000 new cases of cancer in the oral cavity and pharynx diagnosed in the United States and nearly 9,000 deaths as a result in 2012. 

All these oral related diseases can be prevented by visiting the dentist and now thanks to EPCC’s dental program you can do just that at an affordable price. 

Not only will you walk out with a cleaner and healthier mouth but you will also help the students in the dental program to learn the tools of their trade. 

“I feel that getting your teeth cleaned at the school by students, some people might be a little hesitant to get their teeth cleaned with us...but I’ve been a patient there at the school and I feel like that was the best cleaning I ever had,” added Carmona. 

The EPCC Rio Grande Dental Hygiene Clinic is located at 1001 N. El Paso St. suite 112 and it is open to the public, ages four and up. No insurance is required for your treatment. 

For any further questions or to set up an appointment contact Carmona at (915) 252-9690.


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