Dental Care a Major Cost in the Valley

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Nearly three in 10 Americans have no dental insurance.

This is the second year that one Valley office is offering a free dental clinic on Saturday to help people who can't get dental care elsewhere.

Last year was the first year and they helped more than 170 people and did more than $70,000 worth of work.

Expectations for this year are even higher than last.

Dr. Kathryn Biery knows first hand how much dental care differs from medical care. She said that's often the reason people in the Valley will avoid going to the dentist at all.

"Medical insurance just covers and covers and covers however many times you go or whatever you need. Dental insurance? They give you a thousand a year. They might give you 1500 a year," said Biery.

That cost can lead to illness. Dental disease affects one in four kids in the U.S.

Unfortunately, in Virginia, only emergency care is covered by Medicaid, adding to the problem. Now Biery is hosting the Dentistry from the Heart event Saturday. It's an event aimed at easing the pain caused by a lack of insurance.

"The amount of love and compassion and amount of reward that you get from that is definitely food for the soul," said Biery

The first 100 people who show up to this clinic are guaranteed to get work done Saturday morning. To register, you have to be at Mountain View Dental Team by 7:30 a.m.

Dentistry from the Heart last from 8 a.m - 4 p.m. and you must be 18 years old or older to have work done.


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