Offered at the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Harper College
The Dental Hygiene Clinic consists of 18 dental hygiene stations with state-of-the-art technology. It simulates a real-world working environment for the dental hygiene student. The clinic is equipped with X-ray and sterilization rooms.
Students practice their skills on patients who come to the clinic for dental care. Students perform all of their clinical work here and when completed they can begin work at dental offices.
Preventative Dental Hygiene Services
- Comprehensive preventative dental hygiene care for community members
- Students work under guidance of licensed hygienists, dentists and faculty
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Low cost for all; children 16 and under and adults 60+ offered additional discount
The Harper College Dental Hygiene Clinic offers services such as:
- Medical history review
- Vitals screening
- Comprehensive dental hygiene care-scaling and removal of deposits from teeth
- Head and neck examinations/Oral cancer screenings
- Gum (periodontal) disease examination
- Radiographs (X-rays)
- Dental examination
- Oral health education
- Smoking cessation education
- Nutritional counseling
- Flouride treatments
- Tooth desensitization
Should you have a medical condition which requires consultation with a physician, treatment may be delayed until approval for treatment is received from the physician.
Your time is important to us
There’s a reason you might spend a little more time at our clinic. When receiving care in an educational setting, a teaching/learning environment, you’ll get attention and care from students who are carefully observed, guided and evaluated by licensed dental hygienists and dentist faculty. Each appointment may last three to four hours. The number of appointments necessary to complete your care is determined by the complexity of your dental hygiene needs.
Payment for services
Nominal fees are charged to cover the expenses of supplies. Fees are to be paid when services are rendered. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. We will provide a receipt for you to file with your insurance dental company.
Sample clinic fees:* (Please confirm fees by calling clinic)
- Screening $7
- Dental hygiene care $27-64
- X-rays $3-35
- Other: Sealants (each) $5
*Discounted fees for children and adults 60+.
Become an important part of the educational experience
Students must complete a specific number of patient experience and they have limited amount of clinic time to achieve their clinical requirements. Failed or cancelled appointments will impact student grades. They depend on you to help them graduate. Therefore acceptance as a patient in our clinic will depend upon your ability to keep scheduled appointments. If you cancel an appointment please call your student clinician at least 48 hours in advance.
How to schedule your appointment
Make your appointment today by calling 847.925.6534 or visit the dental hygiene reception desk located on the Harper College Palatine campus, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Avanté Center, Building X, Room 102A. Your first appointment is scheduled as a screening visit. We will assess your dental hygiene needs, expose X-rays if necessary and provide general information regarding your oral health status. This initial visit will take approximately 1.5 hours. Fee is $7. If you are an appropriate fit for our educational setting, you will be matched with the student who will schedule your comprehensive care appointment(s).
Clinic hours vary semester to semester, according to program schedules, however morning and afternoon appointments are available. Our students schedule appointments based on their academic schedule and program requirements.