Hundreds line up for free dental care

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COBB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Hundreds of people lined up for free dental care in Cobb County on Saturday.  Organizers said so many people showed up, they had to turn some away.

 

People lined up for hours for the help, and one woman said she had been camped outside since Friday morning.

 

Channel 2 Action News reporter Sophia Choi was at the scene Saturday and said so many people showed up for the event, the organizers had to turn some away.

 

More than 200 people showed up before 4 a.m.

 

Organizers said they would take 100 people on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 6 a.m.

 

But organizers began seeing people at 4 a.m. in an effort to see an extra 50 people.

 

Fifteen dentists and more than 60 other professionals volunteered for the “Dentistry from the Heart” event at the Marietta Family Dental Care offices on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta.

 

With the tough economy, many people don’t have dental insurance, including one woman who was first in line because she’d been waiting since 7:30 a.m. Friday morning.

 

“We definitely made a plan and we stuck to it, because my husband and I…we’re celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary here today,” said Melissa Standridge.

 

The event was for those 18 and older.

 

Earlier, dentists were working on emergency care.  Later in the morning, they began working on fillings and other procedures.

 

Organizers said the dental professionals would be there all day, helping people for free.

 

Officials said they plan to hold the event every year from now on, after seeing the amount of people who showed up Saturday looking for help.