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Kansas Dentists Treat 1,400 People during 14th Mission of Mercy

February 23, 2015 

Kansas dentists provided free care to exactly 1,400 people who attended the state’s 14th Mission of Mercy, held Feb. 13-14 at the Salina Bicentennial Center.

Missions of Mercy are one- to three-day events at which dentists, dental hygienists, assistants and other volunteers converge in large-scale temporary clinics to provide free services for the nation’s most needy people. Since the program began in 2000, Missions of Mercy have served more than 172,000 patients.

During this year’s event in Kansas, with nearly $120,000 in donations, about 130 dentists and other volunteers provided free dental services that otherwise would have cost an estimated $1.2 million, according to the Kansas Dental Association.

Dr. Cindy Reed, a Salina orthodontist, said that dental workers extracted 3,118 teeth, provided 1,466 fillings and treated 171 children.

She noted that while some patients were turned away Friday, all patients were seen Saturday.