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While it may not exactly be what they asked for this Christmas, some Alabama teenagers may want to attend a special event to get their teeth cleaned two days before the holiday.
Complete Dental, a practice located in Huntsville, Alabama, is holding its Season of Smiles event that will provide free dental care for anyone 14 years old and up who does not have dental insurance, reports the Madison County Record.
Dr. Jason Selman, one of the dentists volunteering his time, told the news provider that the poor economy was one of driving factors behind the event.
"We've seen many of our patients lose their insurance and we want to help as many people as possible," Selman said.
Area teens may want to take advantage of the event for a chance to start the new year with a clean set of teeth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 23 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 19 have untreated decay.
Untreated tooth decay, if allowed to fester, can lead to other serious health conditions such as heart disease.
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