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Early holiday present in Idaho: Free dental care
Updated: 12/20/2010 5:00:02 PM

Some families get free dental care through special events As the Christmas holiday gets closer and more people rush out to the malls for last minute shopping, a group of dentists in Idaho provided a different kind of cheer that still left people smiling.

Five Idaho dentists from Comfort Care Dental in Idaho Falls volunteered their time this past Friday for their annual Smiles From Santa event.

This was an effort to help families and individuals with no access dental insurance or who couldn't afford routine dental care. And though the one-day event reportedly cost the practice $35,000 in free care, Dr. Chris Hansen told local news provider KIDK.com it's well worth the cost given the amount of joy they are able to spread.

"We actually had a couple people tell us because they don't have to pay to have a tooth taken out, they can get their kids something nice for Christmas, so that is really nice," Hansen said.

The American Dental Association has stressed the importance of children maintaining optimal dental health through daily brushing and flossing.

And though free dental care days can provide relief physically and financially to some families, it is still better for people to have regular dental checkups.

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