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DENHAM SPRINGS - People started camping out around 5 a.m. in Denham Springs, not for a new phone or game tickets but for free dental work.

David Borne was one of the first in line for the free procedures.

"My teeth were bothering me and I didn't have the money," he says.

Today all patients at Hood Dental Care in Denham Springs could get one procedure free of charge, part of a nationwide movement called "Dentistry From The Heart."

"Dentistry is fairly expensive, so it's just a way for us to give back to the community. We're taking care of patients today with no pressure, don't have to worry about details," said Dr. Ed Hood.

Hood has treated hundreds of patients for free over the past six years during the Dentistry for the Heart Campaign. He provides the service with help from several other doctors in town.

"They gain more confidence when their mouth looks good their smile looks good," said Dr. Joe Yale.

A confident smile is what Charlie Jones came into the office for. He says his insurance with his job does not include dental.

"It wasn't bad. It was a bit of a wait, but it was worth the wait," Jones said.

Dentistry from the Heart Started in 2001. The first free treatment was at Monticciolo Family & Sedation Dentistry in New Port Richey, Florida.


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