There is something new coming to Missouri Southern’s dental hygiene clinics in Joplin, Rolla and Sikeston.

Stacie Scrivner, dental hygiene department chair, said faculty will begin periodontal laser therapy training in January.

“The SIROlaser Advance units we will have are on the forefront of technology today,”Scrivner said. “They provide another safe, effective tool for treating gum disease.”

Periodontal disease is a major factor in tooth loss. Essentially an infection, the disease affective gum tissues and can have other repercussions on health.

The units will be provided to the Missouri Southern Dental Hygiene Clinic in Joplin, as well as clinics in Rolla and Sikeston.

Clinic hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring, summer and fall semesters. All students work under the supervision of faculty members and a supervising dentist.

Three clinics provide dental cleanings, X-rays and other preventive services. Children over age 5, students, people with special needs and senior citizens are accepted.

The cost is $20 for the public and alumni, and $10 for MSSU students.  Services such as extractions, dentures, fillings and crowns are not available. For more information, contact