Dozens line up for free dental care

Raleigh Dental Arts offering free dental care to residents Friday

March 9, 2012 9:45:14 AM PST
Dozens lined up Friday for free dental care thanks to a Raleigh dentist and dozens of volunteers.

Dr. Tarun Agarwal of Raleigh Dental Arts opened his doors for a second annual "Giving Smiles Event" on Creedmoor Road from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. Agarwal, along with a team of volunteer dentists, hygienists, and assistants from across the state, treated adults on a first come, first served basis - offering either an extraction, filling or cleaning.

Dr. Agarwal said the aim is to improve the lives of as many people as they can.

"I think we should give back to the community in any way that we can," he explained. "What the vast majority of people need is basic dental care."

The offer was too good for people like Ron Tucker to turn down.

"I came here to get some help," he said,

Tucker stood in the rain for several hours to be one of the first in line when doors opened at 7 a.m. He got a filling and some relief.

"I'm really poor, and to get my teeth fixed, it just means a whole lot to me," he said.

In another chair, Mack Debman got a much needed cleaning.

"I don't have any dental insurance, and this has been the first time my teeth been cleaned since probably in my 20s," he said.

The 62-year-old Raleigh resident is unemployed, and said without the generosity of people like Dr. Agarwal, who knows when he would have gotten his next cleaning.

"Make you feel warm, like you got people that care about other people," said Debman.

The event was at Raleigh Dental Arts, 8303 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC. For more information visit www.raleighdentalarts.com or call (919) 870-7645.

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