dental care

Heartland Health Monitor
3:05 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Salina, Kan., To Vote On Taking Fluoride Out Of Its Water

Orthodontists Cindy and Alan Reed are working with others in Salina’s medical community to rally support for maintaining fluoride in the public water supply. Voters will decide the issue Tuesday.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

When Alan and Cindy Reed started devoting their evenings and weekends to going door-to-door to talk with their Salina neighbors about an upcoming vote on water fluoridation, they considered avoiding houses with the blue “Stop Fluoride” signs.

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Heartland Health Monitor
3:04 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Few Adults Taking Advantage Of New KanCare Dental Coverage

Only about 6 percent of eligible adults took advantage of new dental coverage offered under KanCare in the first year of the managed care Medicaid program.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service


About 6 percent of eligible adults took advantage of new dental coverage offered under KanCare in the first year of the managed care Medicaid program.

The switch to managed care Medicaid administered by three private companies extended basic dental cleanings to more than 130,000 adults ages 19 to 64.

According to Kansas Department of Health and Environment statistics, about 7,600 adults had a cleaning paid for by one of the managed care companies in 2013.

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Heartland Health Monitor
5:32 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

New Missouri Dental Director Wants State To Be A 'Guiding Light'

Dr. B. Ray Storm, Missouri's new state dental director, addressed members of an oral health access committee in Kansas City on Wednesday.
Credit Mike Sherry / The Hale Center for Journalism

Missouri’s new state dental director has been on board for about half a year, and during a visit to Kansas City on Wednesday, he outlined a number of initiatives aimed at making the state a national leader in oral health.

“I want (other states) to come to us,” Dr. B. Ray Storm said at a meeting of the Oral Health Access Committee, which is part of a regional health initiative through the Mid-America Regional Council. “Let us be the guiding light for the rest of the country.”

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Talking Teeth, Pet-Style

Pet dentist Dr. Scott MaGee asks his patients to open wide.
Credit cloud_nine / Flickr-CC

Cavity-free, pearly-white teeth have long been a status symbol—but how important is it to make sure your pet’s choppers are as pristine as yours?

On Monday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with  Wayne Hunthausen, DVM and veterinarian Scott MacGee who specializes in pet dentistry. We’ll find out just what’s normal for your pet's teeth and, as always, take questions about your companion animal's health and habits.


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11:41 am
Thu July 25, 2013

U.S. Senate Report Critical Of Dental Clinic Chains

A federal report recommends that the company that operates Small Smiles dental clinics be booted from the Medicaid program.
Credit Finizio/Flickr--CC

A two-year investigation by the U.S. Senate concludes that so-called dental management companies have provided substandard care to low-income children covered by Medicaid, while over billing the joint federal-state program.

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8:35 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Report Cites Need For Mid-Level Dental Providers

A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts bolsters the argument that dental access challenges in Kansas require a new type of dental provider.

The report lists the ten states with the most severe shortage of dentists, and the ten states where low-income children are least likely to receive dental care. Kansas is not on either of those lists.

Still, nearly 55 percent of Kansas kids covered by Medicaid received no dental care in 2011. The report also reveals that more than 16 percent of the state’s population is underserved, and living in a dental shortage area.

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Case for Dental Health

A yearly physical is the norm for most of us, whether for children or their adult parents, and it's considered a part of living a healthy lifestyle. But not all areas of health are examined by one doctor, and one area of our health that is often neglected is oral health.

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8:39 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, February 20, 2012

Kansas Mission of Mercy 2012 is in full swing in Kansas City, Kansas/
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:
Event Provides Free Dental Care To 2,100 People, Ron Paul Visits Kansas City & Farmers Play The Commodities Market With Grain Bins.

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