Cary, NC – In North Carolina it is estimated that 30% of residents do not have health insurance. The number without dental insurance is even higher. To help folks who need immediate care but lack dental insurance coverage, Cary Family Dental will host its second annual Dentistry From The Heart event on Sat., April 13 at its office located at 1149 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary.
Last year, more than 150 adults received free dental care in this daylong event. Lack of coverage keeps many people from taking proper care of the their teeth, forgoing basic preventative maintenance like cleanings and flouride treatments.
Dr. Allan Acton and a team of dental professionals will provide free extractions, fillings or cleanings. Hygienists, dental assistants and other dental professionals will also be donating their time and resources in order to provide free dental care to as many people as possible.
Patients are asked to arrive early, as the event will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Event registration will begin at 7 a.m., and patients will be seen through 5 p.m. Patients must be 18 or older and have a valid ID to participate. Patients are also encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, water, snacks, etc., as they wait outside until their turn.
“I’m proud to say last year ten dentists and a team of 35 volunteers provided more than $46,000 in free dental care,” says Dr. Acton. “People were very sweet to us. We got a couple of thank-you notes in the mail later thanking us for what we did. I’m looking forward to another great event this year.”
Dentistry From The Heart is a National non-profit organization dedicated to providing dental care to those who need it, and cannot afford it. This non- profit has raised national awareness and participation has grown to over 300 participating dental practices that have hosted events like this one around the country. Photos from the organization’s website show folks bundled up and camping overnight just for the chance to have their dental needs taken care of at these events.