Dentists Are Giving Patients Free Smiles

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Many of us already know, it is crucial to take care of your teeth.

"It's a big thing that you need to take care of," said Samantha Todd.

Todd drove to Harrisonburg from Shenandoah County because she needs cavities filled. She doesn't have insurance and can't afford the regular treatment.

"It's very expensive and everybody has hard times right now and money is hard to come by, especially for something that expensive," said Todd.

She spent Saturday morning waiting in a line that wrapped around Mountain View Dental. Patients there, who don't have insurance, were able to receive free dental work. It's part of a program called 'Dentistry From the Heart'.

Thirteen dental professionals from across the commonwealth volunteered their time to do cleaning, fillings, and extractions.

"The dental insurance just doesn't seem to cover what people really need, and so many people don't go to the dentist not just because of money and insurance, but fear and pain and anxiety," Dr. Kathryn Biery, a dentist and owner of Mountain View Dental.

Doctor Biery says our teeth play a big role in our overall health.

"It affects your heart, and diabetes, and your blood pressure and if you get cancer when you get older the teeth interact with that," said Dr. Biery.

Around 136 people were registered to see a dentist at Mountain View Dental when they opened their doors on Aug. 16.

Todd finally got the fillings she needed so badly, and she's happy these dentists care about people in the community.

"It's a great thing to help out people who can't help themselves. That's one thing people look at when they see you, they see your smile," said Todd.

This is the second year the event has been held. Today --- they helped x people get the work they so desperately need.


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