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Dental offers free services, smiles to residents Friday

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of people in Brunswick County are smiling a bit wider on Friday after receiving free dental care.  

The Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry in Bolivia hosted the second annual Dentistry From The Heart event, providing a free day of dental care to more than 150 residents.

The line for patients began as early as midnight the night before for the opportunity to receive free dental services.

Last year, volunteers and sponsors provided 150 patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning and in turn, donated more than $50,000 in free dental care.

This year, organizers expect they will serve more than 180 patients.  

Dr. Aaron Wilharm says this is a great way for them to give back to the community.

"We got the idea from a dentistry seminar," said Dr. Wilharm.  "It seemed like such a great idea and we were all excited to try it.  There's a lot of families who can't afford dental care so they don't make it a priority."

Organizers say they will keep this tradition going for years to come.

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