LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Dental care can often be expensive but this week, community members were able to receive dental care free of charge.
Farabee Family Dental in Lafayette hosted its first ever Free Dental Day in Lafayette on Friday.
Earlier Friday there were hundreds of residents waiting in line to receive free dental care.
Doctors here say free dental care is something many in our community can benefit from.
"We've done cleanings, we've done fillings, we've done extractions. That's pretty much it, nothing too crazy like root canals or dentures, but just basic things that people may not have access to if they weren't here today," Farabee Family Dental dentist Dr. Michael Harris said.
Harris says he estimates nearly 30 percent of the Greater Lafayette community is without dental insurance and that's a percentage he says they want to help.
"We felt like there was a definite need for people needing dental services who may or may not have insurance or coverage or even just their own personal finances," Harris said.
Harris says on any given day at Farabee Family Dental, the staff will see nearly 50 patients, but Friday, he says they'd see more than double that amount.
"We, ourselves, will be able to see about 100 between the two doctors and the hygiene can pump them out a little more quickly," Harris said. "So, I would say between 200 to 250 we'd be able to see today."
In fact, Harris says many patients waited hours to be seen, but patients like Kenny Hughes say it's worth the wait.
"I just think free dentistry is awesome," Hughes said. "It's really great for the community and the dentist to do something like this. We've been here for, like, 2 ½ hours, but it's well worth the wait."
Harris says while they did lose money Friday by providing services for free, he says a healthy smile is something you can't put a price on.
"Did we lose a few dollars? I mean yeah, maybe, but we've gained so much more just being able to help people," Harris said. "That's what we do this for."
When we asked Harris if Farabee Family Dental would offer this free service again this year, he said maybe. However he says he knows for sure they'll do it again next year.
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