Local dentist to host a free day of care

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Dr. Mark Garner is out changing lives again by offering free smiles to anyone who needs dental work, as he hosts his 2nd annual event for Dentistry From The Heart.

The event will take place on Friday, June 2 at Orchard Meadows Family Dental & Denture Clinic in Rapid City. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

Dr. Garner, staff and volunteers will treat the first 50 patients, or however many they can service by 4:00 PM.

In the past two years, Dr. Garner and his team of dentists, and volunteers have helped over 120 people in need of dental work – treating patients in need of fillings, extractions and cleanings. This year’s event promises to be the largest yet.

Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) is a national non-profit organization with a simple mission – making people smile. Founded in 2001 by a dentist in New Port Richey, Florida, DFTH was created to aid those in need, including the growing population of under-insured Americans.

Over 100 million Americans lack dental insurance and over 29 percent of adults have untreated cavities. Without events like DFTH, dental care simply isn’t an option for many of the uninsured. To date, DFTH has helped over patients and provided over $7 million in dental care.

“There are individuals in our community who need preventative dental care. I am lucky enough to have the ability to give back to my community to those who are unemployed or who do not have dental insurance. Dentistry From The Heart event offers the capability to give back to residents in Rapid City and the surrounding areas now more than ever,” said Dr. Garner

For more information, visit orchardmeadowsdental.com or the organization’s national website at www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.