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Dentistry from the Heart event affects everyone's smile

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Dr. Mike Gavin, Owner and Dentist at Valley Dental Dr. Mike Gavin, Owner and Dentist at Valley Dental
Brian Hoff, Resident in La Crosse Brian Hoff, Resident in La Crosse
Kyleigh Sopher, Marketing and Social Media Specialist, Valley Dental Kyleigh Sopher, Marketing and Social Media Specialist, Valley Dental
Onalaska, WI (WXOW) -

Smile...it's free, are words that aren't typically heard at a dentist office. 

However, those words were a reality Friday at Valley Dental in Onalaska as they took part in the national non-profit, Dentistry from the Heart. 

"This is our fourth annual time bringing this national non-profit here to our office. We've just seen a growing need in our local community for dental care and a lot of people who don't have dental insurance, need dental care," said Sopher. 

The non-profit organization, Dentistry from the Heart began in 2001 in Tampa, Florida. Since then, it has expanded across the United States and internationally. 

Brian Hoff, a La Crosse resident said the event is amazing because it provides relief from a burden many people deal with.

"I'm getting some cavities filled and I've got some pain issues going on. I think a lot of people can't afford dental care so this event helps out a lot of people," said Hoff. 

Staff and volunteers at Valley Dental in Onalaska helped out more than 100 individuals, a small portion of more than 300 dental clinics across the country that partake in Dentistry from the Heart. 

Mike Gavin, Owner and Dentist at Valley Dental providing them with dental care from cleanings, to fillings, and even extractions. 

"Invasive things, you know extractions, a lot of extractions and simple fillings, all the hygienists are working as well so anybody that has any kind of periodontal therapy, cleanings, what's called scaling root planing, that's a little more involved than your routine dental cleaning," said Gavin. 

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