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Local dental office gives free smiles for a day

ONALASKA, Wis. - Dozens of La Crosse area residents have a new reason to smile. That's because Valley Dental in Onalaska offered free dental care Friday as part of a national program called Dentistry from the Heart.

It was first-come, first-serve and by noon more than 50 people had already been helped. More than 100 had signed up for services of some kind.

Staff volunteered their time to help as many people as possible with any services they needed. "Extractions, fillings and cleanings, so it's high demand, things they definitely need, there's pain, dental pain, dental infection, so there's things going on and we're taking care of more invasive things today," said Dr. Mike Gavin.

This was Valley Dental's first year participating in the program and they plan to do it again next year.

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