Rural Nebraska Outreach


Sealant Program

The Department of Dental Hygiene's Sealant Program offers the following services free of charge to children in second, third and sixth grades*:

  • sealants
  • fluoride varnish
  • exams
  • referral
  • oral health education

* Elementary school selection is based on greater than 80% student eligibility in the free/reduced lunch program.


Western Nebraska Children's Dental Day

Children's Dental Day is usually held in June in the Nebraska Panhandle. The college transports students, faculty, staff and portable equipment to sites in Sidney, Alliance, Chadron and Gordon. About 200 children are seen among the four locations.

The Panhandle District Health Department is a major contributor to this program and helps coordinate many of the activities ranging from identifying the children to arranging logistics.


Western Nebraska SHARING Clinics

An annual extraction clinic is held in conjunction with the Third City Clinic in Grand Island. About 20 dental students and faculty see about 70 patients and extract about 200 teeth.

Additionally, the college works with a district health department in northeastern Nebraska to identify a minority population with major dental needs. This has resulted in a special triage and referral day, providing services to about 40 patients.