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The two-day Mission of Mercy program at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin provided free dental care for 1,533 people during a two day event sponsored by the Wisconsin Dental Association and Foundation.
According to the La Crosse Tribune, there were more than 900 volunteers from many states who provided more than $800,000 worth of dental care over the course of the event, mostly to people who do not have or cannot afford dental insurance or otherwise do not have access to dental care.
"I want good dental care for my kids, but I just dont have the money," said Brad Dungy of La Crosse to the Tribune. "Times are tight, so I came here to make sure my kids get some dental care. I'll wait all day if I have to."
Dungy had a tooth extraction and his two children, ages 8 and 11, had a cleaning and a filling put in during their dental checkup.
The American Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist regularly for proper dental health.
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