PASCO, Wash-- Avoiding the dentist can lead to more serious health problems, but if you don't have health insurance it can also be very expensive. If you can't afford to go to the dentist there's a program in the Tri-Cities that can help you out.
At Columbia Basin College, dental hygiene students will clean your teeth for only $30. Experienced hygenist watch over the students.
At CBC they spend two years learning how to clean teeth. Besides cleaning they can do X-Rays and flouride treatments.
Often times problems in your mouth can indicate problems elsewhere in your body and that's why cleanings are so important.
"We have patients come in for an initial screening appointment which is a no charge visit. We can establish what there needs are and then we can be better able to determine how long it will take for them to be a patient in our clinic," said Lynn Stedman, CBC Dental Hygiene School.
You can make an appointment at the CBC Clinic for Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.