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Free day of dentistry Aug. 7

PLATTSBURGH - High Peaks Dental is out to change lives by offering free smiles to anyone who needs dental work, as they host the latest event for Dentistry From The Heart NY, Saturday, Aug. 7.

DFTHNY and their team of local dentists and volunteers will help adults in need of dental work - treating patients in need of fillings, extractions and cleanings. During the past three years, High Peaks Dental has helped hundreds of patients through DFTHNY and this year's event promises to be the largest yet.

DFTHNY is a nonprofit organization with a simple mission - making people smile. Founded in 2007 by Dr. William Caldon, Dr. Michael O'Connor and Dr. Donnon O'Neill; DFTHNY was created to aid those in need, including the growing population of under-insured Americans. More than 100 million Americans lack dental insurance and more than 29 percent of adults have untreated cavities. Without events like DFTHNY, dental care simply isn't an option for many. To date, they have provided more than $60,000 in free dental care.

"Now more than ever, we know there are people out there that need our services, but have no means to afford them - whether they're out of a job, or just don't have dental insurance," said O'Neill. "Dentistry From The Heart NY is our way of giving back to the community, and helping people who are in need of dental work."

The event will take place at High Peaks Dental, 55 Cornelia St., beginning at 7 a.m. Volunteers will treat the first 200 adult patients, or however many they can service by 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.dentistryfromtheheartny.com or the dental office Web site at www.highpeaksdental.com.

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