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Montana community helps provide dental care
Updated: 11/20/2009 2:59:09 PM

Montana community helps provide dental care Heather Stone is a blind, autistic 33-year-old woman who lives in Montana and hasn't received dental care in 12 years.

On November 5, a local newspaper called the Missoulian covered Stone's story. The young woman is saving up money by raking leaves so she can go to the dentist. When people from her town heard, many began offering her their support.

"It was an outpouring of kindness," said Treva Bittinger to the news source. Bittinger is the organizer of a local club for autistic people. "I'm so thrilled with Missoula that they would care and that they would donate."

Over the past two weeks, Bittinger's group has also been raking leaves, reports the publication. The donations the group members receive are put toward getting Stone's nine cavities filled and paying for the five tooth extractions she'll need to have performed. Altogether, the procedure will cost $12,000.

The Mayo Clinic says cavities can form when an individual eats and drinks sugary foods and beverages. Caries can lead to tooth loss, but can be avoided by visiting the dentist regularly and brushing twice a day.

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