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Carthage Dentist Uses Good Friday To Offer Free Services

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One Four State Dentist observes Good Friday as time to offer free dental services to patients. It's owner says it is aims to make Good Friday, Great for those in need.

"It's hurting me constantly," said patient Carrie Smith.  

Carrie is hoping to spend her Good Friday getting a tooth pulled. It's not how many would choose to kick off Easter weekend, but thanks to Herrington Dentistry in Carthage it won't cost Carrie a single penny.

"We open up our office as a way of being missionaries in our own hometown," said Owner and Dentist William Herrington, DDS.
 
Herrington says it's the fourth year his practice has opened it's doors to all adults on the Holy Holiday. Averaging more than one hundred patients each year; he says you'd be surprised just how many wouldn't get procedures like this done otherwise.
  
"This is something that they would not be able to afford most likely, and it does meet a need," he said.
 
Patients may receive a filling, tooth extraction, or a routine cleaning. Jobs Herrington says wouldn't be possible without donated supplies and Missouri Southern State University Dental students like Emily Cacioppo volunteering for school credit to help meet the high demand.
  
"I think it's very important, there's a very large need for this across Southwest Missouri. There's a lot of people that can't afford this on a regular basis," Cacioppo said.
 
And not only is Herrington enlisting dental student volunteers, but also translators.. Ensuring Spanish speaking patients like Aurora Vargas can receive free services as well.

"She said it was a really good experience and they did a really good job on the work. She said I invited other from my family and everyone has been very happy with the work done," said Vargas' translator.
  
Herrington says that he's just happy to make Good Friday, a great one for those in need. Something patients like Carrie say they really appreciate.  

"I'm very grateful, very grateful," Carrie said. 

Herrington says he plans on continuing the tradition next year.  And has even discussed the possibility of expanding to Joplin by teaming up with MSSU to offer more services to more people .    


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