Dental schools in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are encouraging residents to consider their services, as students learn their trade and provide a low-cost alternative to those in need of a check-up.

In Washington, D.C., the Howard University College of Dentistry treats thousands of residents each year, according to a release from the school. Meanwhile, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore treated nearly 30,000 adults and children in 2011.

“You can save as much as a third to a half of what you would normally pay,” Michelle Aguilos, 26, a fourth-year student and president of the Howard college’s Student Council, said in a statement. “And you know it’s done right because the faculty are right there for every step in the process.”

Both schools offer a full variety of dental services, including cleanings, extractions, dental surgery, and more.

The Howard College of Dentistry offers appointments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as evening clinics from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“Our goal is preparing graduates to give back,” Leo E. Rouse, dean of the Howard college, said in a statement. “It’s not just about drilling and filling, it’s all about service.”