oral health

Andy Marso / Heartland Health Monitor

John Fasbinder’s dental office was busy on a recent Tuesday.

Three employees helped in the reception area, answering phones and clicking away at computers. Hygienists tended to patients in three dental chairs in the main clinic. Fasbinder and his associate, Seth Cohen, flitted among those patients and others in private rooms set up for more intensive work.

Most days are like this for Fasbinder. At his Prairie Village office, he takes patients on Medicaid — no matter how old they are, what part of Kansas they come from or how difficult they are to treat.

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Kansas health centers will receive about $2.2 million in grants and Missouri health centers, including three in Kansas City, will receive about $7.5 million to improve access to oral health care.

The grants are part of $156 million in federal funding announced Thursday by the Health Resources and Services Administration for health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Andy Marso / Heartland Health Monitor

The line for free dental care started forming outside the Kansas Expocentre more than 24 hours before the doors opened.

Daniel Veach was among those waiting for the Kansas Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy to begin.

The annual two-day dental clinic wasn’t scheduled to open until about 5 a.m. Friday. But Veach and his mother left their Hutchinson home Wednesday night and arrived early Thursday at the Expocentre. They weren’t first in line, but they were close.