Kansans to receive free dental care this weekend

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -

Dentists and volunteers have turned a large building at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson into a massive dental office.

The 17th annual Missions of Mercy dental clinic begins Friday, and more than 1,600 people are expected to be helped.

People began lining up for the event on Wednesday afternoon. 

Stacy Yarnell, of Newton, was the first in line. She expects the free dental clinic will save her $3,000.

"I'm really saving a lot of money, and a lot of these folks are. I think it's a really great service," Yarnell said.

The more than 150 dentists and more than 150 dental hygienists will perform extractions, cleanings, fillings and more on people from young to old.

"It's great being able to help people. On the other hand, it's a little bit sad that we've got so many people coming to the clinic, but that's why we do this. We're all volunteers and we just come to do our part and help out where we can," Dr. Brett Roufs said.

The clinic opens its doors at 4:30 a.m. Friday morning. Roughly 700 people will be allowed inside Friday. Then, the process begins again Saturday morning.

Roufs says they will perform routine check-ups. He says if someone has an underlying medical issue they will not be able to be seen.
 

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