Rosewood Family Dentistry in Tooele City will hold its fifth annual Free Dental Day this Saturday. It begins at 8 a.m and will continue until everyone in line has been seen by a dentist.
“These past couple of years the line gets done at around three,” said Marianne Hunt, Rosewood office manager.
Rosewood provides the free dental day once a year each spring. At least 350 people were seen last year, and approximately 350 people are anticipated this year.
“People don’t need any special circumstances to get free dental care,” said Hunt. “We have people with plenty of money come. It doesn’t matter. We get every walk of life, although our favorites are the children.”
About 70-80 people volunteer for the free dental day, They include Rosewood staff, Boy Scouts and community members that want to contribute.
“People can just call and offer their services to volunteer,” said Hunt. And if they can’t volunteer donations are accepted. Rosewood typically receives donated food and medication.
“Pharmacies donate medicine as well as Walmart and Miller Motorsports Park,” said Hunt. “We have so many donations. It’s a huge community thing.”
She explained that Rosewood started the annual free dental day to reach out to citizens in need.
“Our office started it because so many other dentists will go out of the country to do service,” said Hunt. “We decided to give back to our community. People need free services here as well.”
Hygienists and dentists will provide free cleanings, fillings or extractions. Participants do not need to make an appointment; they can just come and wait in line. There is only one free service allowed for each patient, and it is on a first come, first serve basis.
For additional information, call 435-882-0099 or visit www.rosewooddentalassoc.com. Rosewood Family Dentistry is located at 181 W. Vine St., Tooele.
Peatross is a sophomore at Tooele High School.