About 20 percent of Missourians live in areas where there aren’t enough dentists, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In Kirksville, the A.T. Still University is tackling the problem by building a new school of dentistry, which, in a few years, will be graduating dozens of new dentists each year.
The school broke ground on the new dentistry building back in March. Governor Jay Nixon was among the movers-and-shakers turning over the first shovels of dirt.