The Knox County Health Department has announced that a free dental day will take place on Friday 4th May.
The event is aimed to improve access to affordable dental care for adults on a low income and will run from 8am until 3pm. The dental day will take place at the Carl Sandburg College School of Dental Hygiene on East Main Street.
The health department hosted a similar event last year and thousands of dollars worth of treatment was provided free of charge. Over the course of the day, 225 teeth were extracted and 100 teeth were filled. Some people were so desperate to see a dentist that they queued overnight and organisers are expecting a similar scenario this year, with a growing number of people struggling to afford dental care.
Rhonda Peterson, director of family health at the health department, said that everyone is ready for this yearâ€™s event and they will use the experience of last year to make it run as smoothly as possible. She added that the team is hoping to see even more patients this year.
A team of fifteen dentists, more than 25 hygienists and dental assistants and more than 50 students from Carl Sandburg College School of Dental Hygiene will be volunteering at the dental day.