kansas dental project http://kcur.org en Almost 2,000 Receive Free Dental Care in Wichita http://kcur.org/post/almost-2000-receive-free-dental-care-wichita <p>Final numbers are still being tallied, but close to 2,000 people received <a href="http://www.ksdentalfoundation.org/" target="_blank">free dental care</a> Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum, near Wichita.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Close to 500 dental professionals and at least that many other volunteers took care of the crowds that began gathering Thursday morning in the Kansas Coliseum parking lot.&nbsp; Suzanne Wikle, who heads the Kansas Dental Project, says the Mission of Mercy is great, but it will never be enough.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:50:04 +0000 Maria Carter 32893 at http://kcur.org Almost 2,000 Receive Free Dental Care in Wichita Registered Dental Practitioners: A New Way To Fill The Need For Dental Care? http://kcur.org/post/registered-dental-practitioners-new-way-fill-need-dental-care <p>Analysts have known for years that Kansas has a severe shortage of dentists -- and that shortage is getting worse. The problem is greatest in rural Kansas, especially in the western part of the state. One idea under consideration is the creation of a mid-level dental provider. This would be a person whose training and skills fall somewhere between those of a hygienist and a full-fledged dentist. But the proposal to create such a position remains bogged down in the Kansas Legislature.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:23:39 +0000 Bryan Thompson 15813 at http://kcur.org Registered Dental Practitioners: A New Way To Fill The Need For Dental Care?