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Dentists offer free dental care in D'Iberville

The dentists served 82 people Friday, providing about $40,000 worth of free services. (Photo source: WLOX) The dentists served 82 people Friday, providing about $40,000 worth of free services. (Photo source: WLOX)
Back Bay Family Dentistry in D'Iberville hosted its sixth annual Dentistry from the Heart event Friday. (Photo source: WLOX) Back Bay Family Dentistry in D'Iberville hosted its sixth annual Dentistry from the Heart event Friday. (Photo source: WLOX)
Some people stood in line as early as 2 a.m. (Photo source: WLOX) Some people stood in line as early as 2 a.m. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

For many people who don't have dental insurance, they feel their only choice when they get a cavity is to put up with the pain. On Friday, some area dentists closed their clinics for the day and opened up their hearts to help those in need. They wanted to spread smiles across South Mississippi.

They couldn't wait to see the dentist. Some people stood in line as early as 2 a.m.

"Yes, four hours, but it's worth it," said Carrie Rayner, of Long Beach.

Rayner needed some fillings but couldn't afford the procedures, because she's on disability.

A retired couple drove all the way from Saucier, hoping to get some free dental work done.

"I'm not ashamed of it or anything. That's just life. Medicare doesn't pay, and you have to pay out of pocket, and it's expensive," said Linda Easton.

"I lost both sides. That's all I got right there. The plate partial I got, I lost a tooth. It don't work no more," said David Easton.

That's why Back Bay Family Dentistry in D'Iberville hosted its sixth annual Dentistry from the Heart event.

Five dentists and ten dental assistants offered extractions, fillings and simple crown repairs, all at no charge.

"Nobody is getting paid today. Nobody's collecting any money today, so everyone here is donating time and skills," said Dr. Jeremy Parker. "We're getting out, being able to help people, being able to help our community and touch lives."

Dr. Robby Williams volunteered for the first time.

"Dr. Parker and I were good friends growing up, and we went to dental school together, and it's a good cause. He and I are both in a very rewarding profession, and it's a nice way to give back to the community," said Williams.

They said their biggest reward was seeing the smiles of appreciation on the patients' faces.

"Four or five teeth pulled, and it was something I've been needing to do but couldn't afford, so it's a great thing," said Joseph Pittman, of Ocean Springs.

When asked how he felt afterwards, Pittman replied, "Numb, numb. It feels a lot better. At least I'm not hurting. They're doing a great service."

"I think it's wonderful. I really and truly do. I'm going to hug them when I get in there," said Linda.

Parker, Williams and Dr. Cliff Cook are all graduates of St. Martin High School.

"All the doctors here today are local doctors, grew up in the area, went to local schools, went to state colleges, to dental schools in the state. This is a way to give back to what's given to us so much over the years," said Parker.

The dentists served 82 people Friday, providing about $40,000 worth of free services. Back Bay Drugs in D'Iberville also filled the patients' prescriptions for free.

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