Local dentists are coming together on Saturday to offer free dental care for patients in need.
A third of Americans are living without dental insurance. Island Walk Dental Care in Fleming Island is no stranger to philanthropic work. Workers have traveled out of the country to reach people in need, and for the second year in a row they're reaching out to people right in their own backyard.
One of those dentists, Dr. Renee Schulte, traveled to Guatamela City offering free dental care to people in need.
"They're very thankful for all that you do," she said.
They're able to take away tooth pain that some people have lived with for years. Schulte says the need is great in other countries but also here at home.
"To be able to meet people in the community who need that dental treatment and that haven't been able to get that treatment," she added.
Schulte along with Dr. Renata Folstein are preparing for this Saturday. In all nine local dentists and 30 to 40 volunteers will be working on 100 patients with low incomes or no insurance, who otherwise can't afford care. Folstein says they'll do a lot of extractions on Saturday.
"It has the most impact taking it tooth out that's painful has the most impact on quality of life and it's the fastest way to help people out," said Folstein.
It's the second year Island Walk Dental Care has held the free dentistry day. They're expecting a big turnout and some people will line up very early. The first 100 hundred are guaranteed to see a doctor.
"I love to take them out of pain, improving their smile, replacing missing teeth," said Folstein.
The free dental event is Saturday, April 6th, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the first 100 patients at Island Walk Dental Care. It's located at 1647 County Road 220, Suite 101 in Fleming Island. For more information, call (904) 278-6229.