- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MCKEE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials have announced a plan to improve oral health in eastern Kentucky by recruiting more dentists to the region.

The plan centers on a new loan forgiveness program supported by $500,000 in state funds that will be available for dental students who practice in the region. The program was announced Monday by Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, along with public health and university officials.

Officials say the dental schools at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville will administer the program.

Beshear says the vast majority of childhood and adult dental problems could be avoided through routine dental care and other preventive efforts.

Officials say the program will give priority to dental students from eastern Kentucky who want to practice in the region.

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