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ISSUE DATE: 11/25/2013

Few smiles as rural areas struggle with dental care

By Larry Dreiling

It’s been well reported that rural America has a shortage of doctors. Perhaps, not surprisingly, but a bit underreported is a shortage of dentists as well. It’s a shortage every bit as pronounced, if not more so, than the shortage of doctors, according to a report by the Kansas Health Foundation.

“We’re facing a dental crisis in the state,” Steve Coen, KHF president, said. “Of the 105 counties in Kansas, 93 have too few dentists, and 13 have none. Too many adults and children are living in pain.”

A 2011 report done by researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center found that at least 57,000 Kansans live in “dental deserts,” areas where the closest dental office is at least a half-hour’s drive from where they live.

Additionally, in many of those 93 counties, patients must wait months for an appointment.

Daniel Minnis, D.D.S., from Pittsburg, Kan., sees the problem firsthand.

“It is not uncommon for a child to wait two months for a restorative dental appointment,” Minnis said, in a KHF report on the dentist shortage.


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EPA's renewable fuels decision draws fire
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Farm bill conference tone is upbeat
Farm transition workshops planned in Kansas
Few smiles as rural areas struggle with dental care
Foster grandparents reach out to military kids in Kansas
Ghanaian cardinal seeks dialogue on hunger
Gobble it up Turkey producers have continual repeat customers
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'Power Up' with new online game
Researchers identify light quality effects on genes regulating branching
Researchers study estimates of bird collisions with wind turbines
Videographer receives UW Extension creative excellence honor
Vilsack announces economic development funding to strengthen businesses, create jobs in rural commun


Arkansas agriculture department recognizes Century Farms
Deadline for Kansas Grain Commodity Commissions Nov. 30
Farm Service Agency urges farmers and ranchers to vote in County Committee Elections
From Tsunamis to Turf Wars: Hot topics take center stage at annual meetings of weed science societie
FSA advises producers to anticipate payment reductions due to sequestration
Interactive map allows access to observation well measurements
Kansas Forest Service to study windbreaks' effects on crop yields
Kansas Wheat Commission issues call for research proposals
Kansas wheat commissioners travel to Peru for conference
K-State agronomy students excel at national association meeting
K-State Research and Extension events scheduled
Let's grow together
MGGA president testifies before Senate Finance Committee
NetWork Kansas awards Reno County community economic gardening engagements to spur business growth
No-till organic crop rotation workshop planned
Panhandle Agricultural Summit set for Dec. 12-13 in Gering
Texas Commodity Symposium program announced
Texas Corn Producers Board announces biennial elections for 5 seats
Texas Peanut Producers Board announces biennial elections for two seats
U.S. Meat Export Federation elects Mark Jagels chairman
University's newly endowed chair in wheat research awarded to its namesake


2013 Missouri Livestock Symposium features the horseman with a message
2013 NILE Gold Buckle Performance Horse Sale results announced
AHC seeks industry input on 2015 NAHMS Equine Study
Animal, human, and public health experts gather to discuss antimicrobial resistance
Beef Genetic Prediction Workshop scheduled in Kansas City, Dec. 12-13
BeefTalk: Marketing options are improved with verification
Blach: Drought breaking in areas signals good news for U.S. beef industry
Bloomfield, Dunlap bulls delivered for 112-day performance test
Cattlemen to gather at annual convention and trade show
Champions named at 2013 North American International Livestock Exposition
Climate, weather and cattle
Dairy and feedlot operators review regulatory issues
Expert panel defines the need to harmonize trichomoniasis regulation and testing procedures
Fall pregnancy exams tell the story
Family operated ranch selected as Beefmaster Member of the Year
Field day highlights the benefits of water recycling
Include your veterinarian as part of your health management team
KCA convention heifer heads to South Dakota to help a fellow rancher
Leading seedstock suppliers donate to KLA bull sale credit auction
Legislative panel OKs proposed raw milk rules
Making decisions about cattle
MCA 46th Convention and Trade Show registration underway
MCA convention to assist farm families in estate planning
Missouri cattleman selected as Beefmaster New Member of the Year
Motivating a team from the ground up
National Western Stock Show names William Dean Singleton as Kick-Off Parade Grand Marshal
NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award calls for entries
Operation Gelding helps 62 horses in 4 states
Red Angus names Outstanding JRA Member
Research shows effect of piglet birth weight on profit margin
Returning to the Ranch workshop planned
Some animals still missing after Colorado floods
Sustain performance during cold weather
The All-Around gives inside track to all things AQHA
Top genetics on display at Salers show
Tripe, beef lips, other variety meats add value to U.S., Kansas beef exports
USDA releases 4th report from Feedlot 2011 study
USDA sheep, goat survey nears
USMEF elects new officers, approves stewardship resolution
Vincent to offer advice on 'interference'
Vincent to speak at KLA Convention
Weibert honored as 2013 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus


5 things that farm families can be thankful for
Combines, corn and contributions
Riders drag on the bill


Agriculture's Golden Goose expected to decrease production
Cattle prices have been on a nice run
New tool safeguards yield potential for corn, soybean, wheat farmers
Seed firm announces availability of drought- tolerant corn hybrid
Wheels greased, ready to travel


Above normal temps recorded South Dakota
Above normal temps recorded South Dakota
Amarillo livestock sales summary
Conditions help harvest, planting progress Missouri
Conditions help harvest, planting progress Missouri
Corn harvest near completion Iowa
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry conditions prevail Colorado
Dry conditions prevail Kansas
Dunlap feeder cattle sales report
Freezing temps recorded Texas
Georgia livestock auction report
Grain bids higher, soybeans lower
Grain market close
Hay mostly steady across trading area
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Joplin livestock auction report
Moisture needed in some areas New Mexico
Most of the state receives significant rainfall Arkansas
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Sigourney livestock auction report
Weather allows fall harvest to move toward completion Nebraska
Weather allows fall harvest to move toward completion Nebraska
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Widespread freeze event Oklahoma


Frost can turn good pasture deadly
Senate committee passes Grazing Improvement Act
Tips to minimize storage loss in large round bales


4-H plants business and science roots
Cattlemen plan annual meeting, add Ranch Rodeo Scramble
Cooking healthy for the holidays
Custer County 4-H youth selected for statewide leadership opportunity
Experts address ways to reduce Thanksgiving meal costs
Help prepare your family's Thanksgiving dinner
Holiday ham and savory sides
Kids, Kows and More program teaches students about agriculture
NMSU tests poplar trees for phytoremediation of contaminated former oil refinery site
Sprawling country-style Berniece could fit any situation

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