Dental Services Top $1 Million at Free Clinic

By: Caroline Porter Email
By: Caroline Porter Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- This year's free dental clinic is a story of numbers: about 1000 volunteers, 1700 patients, 2000 cavities and 3000 teeth were pulled.

The 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. dental work topped off more than $1,000,000 in services.

The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation sponsored the 2009 Mission of Mercy project at the U.S. National Guard Armory on Friday and Saturday.

The free dental care brought a wide crowd of patients from all over the state for its eighth year. People pitched tents and waited more than 14 hours to guarantee a spot in line.

Volunteers and dentists said the impressive turn-out is a clear indication of the need for better dental care in the state.

The annual clinic offered teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions.

For information about the sponsors, visit www.ksdentalfoundation.org.


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