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Dentistry From The Heart In Bozeman Friday

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A Bozeman dentist will be giving back to the community Friday by offering free dental work.

Dentists at Hays Dental Group don't know what to expect tomorrow for their first Dentistry from the Heart event.

Dentistry from the Heart is a worldwide nonprofit providing free dental care to those in need.

But Christopher Hall said all they know is a lot of people will probably show up, so you might want to get in line early.

"There may be a possibility of people spending the night to wait in line, I've heard of that scenario," said Hall.  "Again this is our first time doing this."

Hall said the line will be outside and people should be prepared for the Montana weather.

"We've certainly had a few rainy days the past couple of days," said Hall.  "Today was fortunately sunny and I think tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, hopefully that's true."

Hall said no matter the weather, they hope to serve anywhere from 100 to 150 people tomorrow, compared to the roughly 30 patients they see on a typical a day.

There will be extra volunteers on hand to help with the cleanings, fillings and extractions.

H.R.D.C. Homeless Outreach Coordinator Jen Collins said word has gotten out about the program.

"This is a great event and a lot of people are going to it that I work with and the word has spread like wildfire," said Collins.

She said it is events like this that really make an impact on the community.

"When you don't have teeth, you don't want to smile, you don't want to be able to go out and get a job, you don't want to talk to a lot of people, you don't have good self-esteem."

Registration for the event starts at 7:30 a.m. and they will wrap things up around 5 p.m.

Patients will be seen on a first come-first served basis.

A similar event in Billings at Brewer Dental Center draws hundreds every year.

It's so popular; Doctor Brewer sets up tents in the parking lot to deal with the crowds.

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