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UMKC School of Dentistry offering free screenings this weekend

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The UMKC School of Dentistry will be busy this weekend as dental students getting ready to graduate treat patients for free. 

UMKC dental students plan to help hundreds of people get their smile back by offering free screenings for future dental work on Saturday.

“If you haven’t had a cleaning or seen a dentist in several years, we urge you to come see us this weekend,” said Andrew Kutina, senior at UMKC.

Here’s how you can qualify for the free care: You must be 18 years old, you cannot be wearing full dentures, you must have at least 16 teeth, and you cannot be in braces.

“Those are the big ones,” Kutina said. “There are a few minor ones that the student will go over with you when they contact you.”

The screenings are a requirement for the fourth-year dental students in order for them to obtain their licenses.

“It helps us,” he said, “and you also get some free treatment out of the deal as well.”

If the patient has work that qualifies on Saturday, they’ll be eligible for free fillings and cleanings later, in March.

“Dental hygiene is so important because, systemically, there’s a lot of research out there that links decay or gum disease to other problems, whether it’s heart disease, lung disease, liver disease,” he said.

They do still have many spots available for people if they’d like to come out this weekend. 

The free screenings are available this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UMKC Dental School. To sign up, call 816-866-5587.

UMKC will accept walk-ins, but to guarantee a spot, you’ll need to call ahead.

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