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Free Dental Clinic Offers Needed Services to Public

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and data from a recent National Health Interview survey, approximately 45 million people have no dental coverage. In order to give some relief to many people in the Ozarks without dental insurance, three dentists offered their services Saturday morning at the free dental clinic.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and data from a recent National Health Interview survey, approximately 45 million people have no dental coverage.

In order to give some relief to many people in the Ozarks without dental insurance, three dentists offered their services Saturday morning at the free dental clinic.

Anyone 18 and older could receive a free cleaning, filling, or tooth extraction. The clinic comes as a blessing for those without insurance or financial means to pay out of pocket for dental care.

"I can't afford it, it's really expensive," says Sara Schuder, who attended the clinic.

"I really don't have insurance right now, so I can't really pay for it," says Nicholas Fox, who also attended the free dental clinic.

Those who attended the free dental clinic today are just a few of millions around the country who can't afford to pay for dental care.

"There are a lot of people out here that don't have dental insurance that really need some dental work done, and this is our way of reaching out to the community and helping out," says Sammy Webster, who is part of Heartland Dental Care.

She says people started lining up as early as 3 p.m. Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church to sign up to receive one of three options: a free cleaning, filling or extraction.

"I didn't know they did anything like this," says Christopher Lindsay, who also attended the clinic. "I thought it was pretty cool that they actually do this because that would be a lot of money."

It was on a first-come, first-serve basis, and those who signed up at the church early enough were shuttled to the participating dental solutions.

"It's expensive," says Webster. "But, it is something that's needed."

"I think services like this really helps a lot of people who really don't have the money to pay for it," says Fox.

If you were unable to make the dental clinic today, there will be another event on Friday, October 18th from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. in Marshfield at Marshfield Family Dental Care, 100 Spur Dr.

Please visit www.MarshfieldDental.com or call 417-859-3800 for more information.
 

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