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Joplin's "My Dentist" Participates in Free Dentistry Day

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

For patients like Jason Hoch dental care is a low priority.

"I'm a once a day brusher, sometimes twice a day. Floss, you know, not as much as I should,” Hoch says.

It's been several years since Jason last visited the dentist, and now he's found out that he needs a couple root canals.

"Drills don't bother me, you know all the different sounds that most people hate, they don't bother me. I've always just been uncomfortable with people working in my mouth."

And he's not alone, according to the Centers For Disease Control, in 2013 close to 40% of Americans ages 18-64 have not visited a dentist in the past year.

"It's important for dentists as a whole to be able to take care of patients and unfortunately with the way insurance has been going for people, with them losing it at work, people have not been able to take care of themselves the way they should,” says Dr. Heather Jones.

The office hopes to serve about 100 patients in one day, saving the average visitor close to $1,200.

"It's really important because a lot of the patients are patients that wouldn't come in to see a general dentist for treatment either do to cost concerns or either a fear,” says Dr. Colin Smith.

Doctors at my dentist are trying to change that attitude, hoping that every patient leaves with a smile.

"It's amazing. It is. And it was kind of, not a calling, but it was a god send for me because today because I’ve had a toothache. So I lucked out today."

Typically on a Fee Dentistry Day, “My Dentist” provides about $40,000-$70,000 in free services.

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