Arizona dentists providing free care Friday, Saturday

December 06, 2012

Arizonans in need of dental care can get it, for free, Friday and Saturday, at the first Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.

MARK BRODIE: Three hundred dentists have turned Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds into a giant dental clinic – providing fillings, extractions and other services at no cost. Glendale Dentist Mark Hughes is a Spokesman for the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation, which is putting on the event. He says the group has put on similar clinics for kids, but saw a need for one serving adults, as well.

MARK HUGHES: Dental pain is one of the biggest reasons kids miss school and a lot of people miss work on a daily basis, so there are a lot of people out there that are in need. And, medical insurance, in general, does not cover dental treatment, and it’s pretty hard to get on an individual basis – usually it’s through an employer or something, and a lot of these people aren’t employed.

BRODIE: Hughes says dentists expect to provide around $1 million worth of free care to two thousand patients today and tomorrow. And, he’s encouraging people to get there early, since care will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. The event runs through 6 p.m. Friday and from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday.