Michelle Aguilos is a senior and president of the College of Dentistry’s student council. She encourages members of the Howard community to use the services because the dental students—supervised closely by their instructors—provide excellent care at a low cost. Students are covered by the Summit Insurance Plan.
“The plan covers fillings and deep cleaning; and basic dental work except for lab work,” said Aguilos, who currently has three Howard undergraduate students as patients.
Laporcia Wagner, a senior, has had dental work done at the college since last semester. So far she’s gotten a check-up, and is now getting her treatment plan. According to Wagner, registering to become a patient is easy and students just need to make sure they bring their identification.
The college also provides dental care to Washington-area residents and University staff. Cynthia Livingston has been getting her teeth checked at the college since she was 9 years old. Over the years, she’s had a lot of work done, from tooth extractions to crowns.
“I’ve had fillings and root canals, almost anything you can think of having done at a dental office,” said Livingston, director of Community Services at Howard University Hospital. “They’ve done excellent work, and I’ve never been dissatisfied.”
Leo E. Rouse, dean of the college, believes that students’ work on patients from the Howard community is an important part of the education at the college. “Our goal is preparing graduates to give back,” Rouse said. “It’s not just about drilling and filling; it’s all about service.”