MATC dental program receives two grants

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Area Technical College’s Dental Hygiene Program received two grants from the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation.

A grant of $18,134 was awarded May 24 to purchase two portable operatories.

This portable equipment is used by their students and faculty to treat long-term care patients at the Village Manor in Abilene.

Patients at this facility would otherwise not receive preventive dental care due to their limited mobility.

Providing these services has broadened the students’ perspectives in the fields of community health and mobile dentistry.

The program also received a $2,298 toothbrush kit grant August 27. Each toothbrush kit contains a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste for one individual.

These kits are handed out to patients treated in their clinic as well as patients seen at community and outreach sites such as the Village Manor.

The grant frees up money that would normally be spent on toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste, and allows the purchase of more supplies and equipment to provide better care to their patients.

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