USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Oral hygiene encompasses everything you need to do to keep your mouth clean, including brushing your teeth, cheeks, tongue, and dentures; using mouthwash or dental floss; and having a dentist or hygienist clean your teeth.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic specializes in your overall oral health, including the prevention and treatment of dental disease.

Our services include:

  • removing plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces
  • deep cleaning of teeth and gums
  • polishing the teeth
  • administering fluoride treatments
  • providing nutritional counseling
  • assisting with tobacco cessation

Dental hygiene students provide services under the supervision of expert faculty dentists and hygienists.

Becoming a Patient

To be seen by a dental hygienist, patients must present a referral from your dentist.

Note: The referral should include the date of your last oral examination and specify the last type of cleaning you had.

Patients must bring full-mouth X-rays.

Patients are also required to present valid photo identification (California driver’s license, California identification card, passport, or other government-issued photo identification).

All first-time patients will receive an initial oral health evaluation—free for dental hygiene patients—in the Center for Diagnostic Services. The referral is good for dental hygiene treatment only. If patients want additional dental services, they must receive another evaluation of oral health in the Center of Diagnostic Services.

Paying for Your Dental Care

We accept Denti-Cal insurance for certain limited and emergency treatment. Denti-Cal patients must bring their Beneficiary Identification Card (BIC). All other patients must pay with cash or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. We do not accept American Express.

Contact Information

To contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic, call (213) 740-1550.

Clinic Hours

Monday through Friday
9 a.m.–noon
1 p.m.–5 p.m.