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For some Missourians, all they may have wanted for Christmas was to get their two front teeth cleaned - and that's exactly what they got.
Hundreds and possibly thousands of people in the Kansas City area had access to free dental care for a day thanks to a special annual event that's held in the area.
Adam Willis, a dental volunteer who was interviewed by local news provider Fox4KC.com, said he had dealt with extractions and "a lot of infected teeth."
"People just been putting it off because they couldn't afford to come in," Willis said. "Lots of extractions, fillings, cleanings."
Putting off dental care may be more harmful than some realize. Preventative dental care may be one of the more important things people can do to maintain a healthy life. Failing to brush daily and floss can lead to other serious conditions, such as cardiovascular disease as well as halitosis.
And while events that offer free dental care can be a temporary help for those without access to dental insurance, it is by no means a proper substitute for regular checkups at the dentist.
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