Dental Hygiene Clinic

Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Care

The Dental Hygiene program at Tennessee State University provides comprehensive dental hygiene care in the Dental Hygiene Clinic on the main campus during the Fall, Spring, and first Summer semesters.  These services are available to:

  • Tennessee State University students/faculty/staff
  • and to the local community.

Our Goal

The goal of the Dental Hygiene Clinic is to provide access to quality oral health care services and to assist individuals in eliminating and preventing oral diseases.  Dental Hygiene students provide the oral health care services under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists.  

CODA logoAccreditation

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Available Dental Hygiene Services

  • Electronic Medical and Dental History Assessment
  • Blood Pressure and Vital Signs Screening
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Dental Hygiene Diagnosis/Dental Hygiene Treatment Planning
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Impressions for Study Cast
  • Oral Health Education
  • Clean Removable Appliances and Prostheses (Denture/Partial)
  • Dietary Assessment and Nutritional Counseling
  • Supragingival Scaling, Subgingival Scaling, and Root Planing
  • Coronal Polishing
  • Application of Chemotherapeutic Agents
  • Fluoride Therapy
  • Polish Amalgam Restorations
  • Dental Pit and Fissure Sealants
  • Application of Local Anesthesia
  • Bleaching
  • Digital X-Rays

Radiographic Services 
Services performed in the Dental Hygiene Clinic do not replace regular examinations by the dentist.  Duplicate radiographs may be forwarded to the individual's dentist of record, upon request.

Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Care
 The dental hygiene students deliver comprehensive quality oral health services under faculty supervision to all patients regardless of age, race, religion or special need*.  The services range from blood pressure monitoring, oral cancer screenings and sealants to radiographs (x-rays), root planning and polishing.

*Individuals with special needs or compromised medical conditions may be referred to a physician for medical consultation prior to receiving dental hygiene care. 

Length of Appointments

Because patient care is provided by students and thoroughly monitored by the faculty, more than one appointment will be needed to complete dental hygiene services. Individual appointments range from one (1) to three (3) hours in length. Realizing that the patient's time is valuable, every effort is made to keep the number of appointments to a minimum.

If multiple appointments are necessary to complete treatment, no additional fee is charged to the patient for multiple appointments.

Service Fees

Our fees for services offer substantial savings for our patients.  Prior to dental hygiene care, patients are informed of the fees for service.  Patients are required to pay for services at the time of their appointment.  We do not accept personal checks or Insurance cards.  We do accept cash as well as debit or credit cards.   NOTE:  Fees are not transferable nor refundable.  

Refunds for incomplete treatments will not be given.
 If multiple appointments are necessary to complete treatment, no additional fee is charged to the patient.  Fees vary and are dependent on the treatment recommended for each patient.

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Patient Responsibilities

While the goal of the Dental Hygiene Clinic is to facilitate quality dental hygiene care within a teaching/learning environment, patient cooperation is essential and vital to this process.  Because of the limited hours of operation, student schedules and the time required for dental hygiene services rendered, it is important that patients avoid canceling and/or breaking appointments. Patients are asked to give a minimum of 24 -hours notice when unable to keep a scheduled appointment by calling the clinic at (615) 963-5791. This enables the scheduling of others needing care.

The time that dental hygiene students spend with patients in the clinic is a vital part of his/her education; therefore, the Department of Dental Hygiene reserves the right to discontinue treatment permanently for any patient who, in their judgment, cancels or breaks appointments excessively.

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Hours of Operation

We are open August - July
(Closed on holidays and semester breaks) 
Hours of operation vary each semester. 


Call the clinic: 
(615) 963-5791 
Monday through Friday 
between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Clinic Fax:  615-963-4944
Location: Clement Hall - map

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Walk-Ins are Welcomed!

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DH students practicing 2023 

DH students 2023