Filling the gap in the dental workforce

A Healthier Kansas

Hundreds of thousands of Kansans lack access to dental care. Vulnerable Kansans – senior citizens, people with disabilities and children – are particularly affected.

Untreated dental problems often lead to major medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. With more dental providers in our state, Kansans can prevent these oral health problems and avoid costly emergency care.

For children, poor dental health leads to lifelong medical problems and can inhibit their ability to learn. Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood illness – five times more prevalent than asthma. By adding dental therapists to the dental workforce, more adults and children will have reliable access to routine, preventive oral health care.