The Rio Salado Dental Clinic will host a free clinic for children and teens ages 17 and younger on Saturday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Rio Salado students, instructors and dental community members will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care at the clinic, which is located at 2250 W. 14th Street, in Tempe.  Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish and fun educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

“One of the things we want to emphasize is that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but it is almost entirely preventable,” said Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs Holly Harper. “Prevention starts with knowledge and this clinic gives us the chance to educate parents and kids about the importance of good oral hygiene and cavity prevention.” 

Harper said the clinic gives students and staff a chance to give back to the community—while providing an invaluable learning experience for the students.  

“Community service is one of the core principles at Rio Salado College– and a requirement for dental hygiene students,” said Harper.  “We require our dental students to volunteer at least 40 hours during their program of study.” 

Parents and guardians should register children in advance by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing to guarantee a spot, as space is limited.  Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Rio Salado Dental Clinic for Kids

Saturday, June 23, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

This June 23 clinic is made possible in part by the Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Association.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for Maricopa Community Colleges employees and the public– all year long. Fees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit