Thousands Get Free Dental Care in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. - People who can't afford to see a dentist or who don't have insurance are taking advantage of a free dental clinic by Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation. The annual clinic is being held in Manhattan at the National Guard Armory, 721 Levee Drive, Manhattan.

Doors open Friday and Saturday at 5:00 a.m. and close when the clinic reaches capacity, about 1,000 people. Friday the clinic closed the doors to new patients at 7:30 a.m.

Kansas Mission of Mercy said Friday it helped 854 patients, did $537,321 worth of dental work, including 1,513 extractions and 1,010 fillings.

KMOM has 400 community volunteers, 150 dentists, 125 dental hygenists and 250 dental assistants helping conduct the event. KDCF Executive Director Greg Hill said it can cost between $50,000 and $125,000 per dental event.


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