Free Dental Care Helps Those In Need

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Many neighbors in The Valley aren't able to afford the necessary health care that they desperately need.

On Saturday, some of those in need of expensive dental care were able to get their teeth checked out, free of charge

Two of them, Barbara Connor and her husband Gregory, got in line at eight in the morning.

They weren't first. Several people had been waiting in line at the office of Doctors Mcintyre and Whiting in Bridgewater since late Friday night for free dental work.

Both of the Connor's needed some work done on their teeth.

"A filling and also extraction," said Gregory. His wife chimed in "I have one tooth, that I was told by a dental clinic that I go to, that needed filled."

Usually, the Connor's go to a clinic that claims to be free. When charges started appearing, Barbara wondered why.

"What they say is that the government that provides this service, provides the paperwork to help them do what they do, requires that they charge a fee. And I'm like, what would happen if people didn't have the money," she said.

With Gregory only working a temporary job, and not having insurance, the Connor's say they're managing but barely.

Barbara requires a lot of work done to her teeth. Her situation requires her to ask many dentists an important question.

"What do you do for people that live hand to mouth, you know, we don't have that kind of money and it's really hard," she said.

When they heard about the free event, the Connor's knew it was something they had to do. Gregory feels the work he had done will give him the confidence he needs during his job search.

"It's a great opportunity for myself since my situation, looking for work, and having a little time to get this work done because it was definitely needed," he said.

The event Saturday only focused on cleanings, fillings and extractions; leaving the Connor's wondering how they'll get some of the more intensive work done. They were happy just being able to take a first step.

Something Barbara knows many don't have the opportunity to do.

"I see a lot of people, it's not just me, I see a lot of people who just ignore their mouth," she said. "It's just really sad because when I saw dentist in Connecticut, he was like, if you don't take care of your mouth, you can die."

More than 40 volunteers donated their time to the event. At least 70 patients were able to receive the free care.


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