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Free Dental Day for Kids

KENNEWICK, Wash. - With the high cost of health care a trip to the dentist can be too expensive for many families, but thanks to dental professionals from around the Tri-Cities more than 200 kids have a brighter smile.

Saturday kids got check ups, had their teeth pulled and received information about dental care.

The Benton Franklin Oral Health Coalition has been holding the event for 17 years.  Kids between the ages of one and 14 received treatment all day.

Dentists from around the area donated their time to help treat the kids.  The event also gave students studying dentistry from CBC and Tri-Tech a chance to see what the profession is all about and everything was free.

Doctor Ronald Snyder said, "They can have insurance, but we're not going to take it.  They can have medical coupons and we won't take it.  We provide this care absolutely free today."

One parent said she was so grateful for the free service and said she would not have been able to pay for it.  Kids got fluoride treatments, cavities filled and X-rays.