Dentists Do Good

By Lorne Fultonberg

September 8, 2012 Updated Sep 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Volunteers across the Twin Tiers area give free dental care to those in need.

The Progressive Dental Office in Endwell opened early Saturday--at 7:20 a.m. But that was still two hours after people started lining up for free dental care.

Up to 250 people visited five offices across the Twin Tiers for an offer that made going to the dentist a little more bearable. With the help of Doctors with a Heart, everyone who showed up received help including cleanings, fillings, and getting teeth pulled.

"I'm absolutely thankful," said Binghamton resident Lisa Mack, who works but doesn't have dental insurance. "I don't know what I'd do right now because to get it fixed would be quite a bit of money and I really couldn't afford it. I'm very thankful."

Some of the patients had gone more than a year and a half without seeing a dentist.

"I think that if people don't have enough for regular care than they often neglect their oral health which can cause bigger problems for their overall health," said Dr. Ryan Comfort. "Events like this give them the opportunity to address problems they ordinarily wouldn't."

Dentists said this year's turnout was better than last year because of the flood. Around 90 volunteers were at clinics helping to provide the free care.