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Center says dental care important for community
Updated: 4/15/2010 7:00:05 AM

Center says dental care important for community In an effort to improve the dental health of one community, a local center is asking for area dentists to donate their time to help with teeth cleanings for the public.

The Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC), located in Knoxville, Tennessee, recently called for dental professionals to assist in providing dental care for the homeless and poor located in Knox County, NBC affiliate WBIR reports.

"We have so many people who come in everyday in pain, and we just want to alleviate that pain and make them feel better about themselves," VMC dental clinic coordinator Christy Howard told the news provider.

The same plea for free dental care was done last year and the initiative reportedly served more than 500 patients in 67 days of operation, states WBIR.

Though people who do not have access to dental insurance can get a teeth cleaning at various free clinics, it is hardly a proper substitute for regular dental care from a dental checkup.

A lack of regular care can be detrimental to one's dental health and can lead to serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease if one's teeth are left untreated.

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