LCC Dental Students Participate in KMOM event

January 31, 2017

Labette Community CollegeLabette Community College dental assistant students participated in the Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) in Manhattan, KS. The Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) is free dental clinic hosted once a year in different areas of the state. To date, almost 27,000 patients have been served thanks to the generous contributions of Kansas dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

The two day event was attended by LCC dental assistant students along with LCC dental program director, Leigh Ann Martin and adjunct instructor, Melissa Carson.

The LCC students along with many other dental professionals helped provide cleanings, fillings and extractions to both children and adults. The volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, and assistants provide services at no charge. Participants donated dental care to 1,041 patients with $1,102,222 in care.

To date, this is the fewest number of patients seen at a KMOM project, which was the 16th annual event in Manhattan. However, everyone who arrived at the National Guard Armory while the clinic doors were open was able to receive treatment. As a result, patients were able to receive more comprehensive care, valued at over $1,000 per patient.

The Labette Community College dental assistant program is a two year associate degree program, located in the LCC Cherokee Center near Pittsburg, KS.

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