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Local dental volunteers give free care to un-insured patients

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The average dentist appointment can cost many families a small fortune and for the thousands of un-insured Americans, many go without care at all.

But one local group offset those costs for a few families, to give them the care they need.

Dentistry from the heart is what the great folks at Signature Smiles called their event, providing free cleanings, fillings and extractions for those who can't get dental care elsewhere.

125 people signed up  with 60 being guaranteed a spot.

Those at Signature Smiles tell Channel 3 their whole staff was full of about 25 volunteers ready to go.

Waiting in line for their services was Pam Durham, she tells us she's been without dental insurance for a few years and has needed dental work for a while, because she's been unable to find an insurance company to meet her financial need.

Durham says when she found out about the Dentistry from the heart event, she and her son made sure they were in line by 3:30 this morning to ensure them a spot, saying without the help of these volunteers, she doesn't know how long she would have gone without care.

"I am humbled, I am honored, I am gracious for everything they have done," said Durham.

"There are just so many people that do not have dental insurance, that can't afford just simple dentistry, even if it is just a cleaning," said Starr Morgan.

Durham challenged other dentists in the area to do the same thing, to help those in need.

The tell Channel 3, at signature smiles, they plan to have a second annual event next November.

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