More than a hundred-million Americans are without
dental insurance and that number continues to grow.
But an Onalaska dental office is giving people their
smiles back even if they don't have the ability to
News 8's Sarah Thamer joins us to explain...Sarah?
There are more than a hundred-thousand working dentists
but two of them are doing the work for free today.
Valley Dental in Onalaska is donating all of its dental
With a staff of 5 hygenists and several volunteers
from dental programs at U-W-L and Mankato State.
The dentists are hoping to make a difference by providing
everyone with care.
Going to the denist can be a nerve wracking experience
for some people.
It can also be a very costly one.
But one dental office is hoping to change that.
Even if its just for a day.
We opened the doors at eight but people have been
here for over eight hours waiting to get in.
That's because at Valley Dental in Onalaska, patients
can get dental work like cleanings, fillings or extractions
for free, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
And dentists say people were waiting outside in line
Some of the things we see here are tremendous needs,
a lot of oral infections a lot of pain, and no where
to really go and have these treated people that might
not have insurance might not have the ability to pay
for some of this but it's nice to do a little something
and give back.
And those who came to get treated, say they're able
to save a lot of money and get rid of pain.
Most dentists don't cover with the badger care so
I figured I'd come down and get it done and finally
over with because it's been buggin me for over a year
For patients, receiving dental care for free is a
But for dentists..
There is no question that there is a lot of dental
work out there and a lot of people don't have the
means to have some of it taken care so it's nice to
do something, as small as it might be but to still
give back a little bit.
It's great because you know a lot of people in the
community don't have dental insurance and it's great
that they you know are doing this for people and I
just think it's a great thing.
Valley Dental's owner said the office treats more
than one-hundred patients at each year's free event.
He said today they will be donating around 30-thousand
dollars worth of free dental work.
Patients must be 18 years or older and without insurance
to receive care.