Hundreds turn out for free Cobb dental clinic

When organizers of a free dental clinic in Cobb put out a call that they would treat 100 people Saturday at offices on Lower Roswell Road, they had no idea that more than 200 people would be in line before 4 a.m.

They joined several hundred seeking the free service as the doors at Marietta Family Dental Care opened at 6 a.m., according to Channel 2 Action News.

The “Dentistry from the Heart” service was provided on a first-come, first-served basis, organizers said.

The loss of a job and the health benefits that go with it and the rising cost of health insurance have made such free services hugely popular.

Saturday’s scene on Lower Roswell Road was reminiscent of the outpouring in April at a Woodstock church.

A two-day dental clinic at First Baptist Church of Woodstock on Hwy. 92 attracted thousands of people who stood in line for hours for the free care provided by the Georgia Dental Association and its Foundation for Oral Health. There were 100 dental chairs set up at the church and more than 1,600 volunteers, including 300 dentists.

While Saturday’s clinic in Cobb was much smaller it was just as anticipated. There were fifteen dentists and more than 60 other volunteer professionals, Channel 2 reported. The dentists started out working on emergency dental cases then moved to filling and other procedures.

30 comments Add your comment

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 19th, 2011
12:55 pm

Just goes to show the level of poor health care coverage in this country.


November 19th, 2011
12:58 pm


November 19th, 2011
1:17 pm

Dental care is outrageously expensive even if you DO have a job, and most dental insurance plans suck. It should all be included with healthcare. If your mouth doesn’t work right, neither does anything else! Dentistry has become a racket.


November 19th, 2011
1:17 pm

You know it is really crappy the attitude that “if you don’t like it, move”. That’s incredibly rude and crass. I have a right to complain and try to make this country a better place without someone telling me that if I don’t like it I can go somewhere else. This is my country as much as it is yours.


November 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

A PBS Newshour report said that only about 50% of Americans have dental insurance.


That’s a staggering (and, frankly, disgraceful) statistic.


November 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

In the country that spends billions on wars that nobody wants exept the wealthiest upper crust,people line up for free medical care like in a third world country. Oh,wait U.S. is a thirld world country,at least judging by the the level of corruption in government,murder rate and the intelligence level of an average person.


November 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

@misty09- I agree 100% !!!!!!

Help Mr. Dentist

November 19th, 2011
1:49 pm

Most dental insurance plans suck….BIG TIME….a waste of money on what they cover…..


November 19th, 2011
2:01 pm

I have high end dental insurance and went in for a simple cleaning. They insisted that they had to do x=rays, and then a consultation and told me I needed $2400 worth of work. I only wanted a cleaning. Then the answer was that well we have do a deep cleaning and we cannot consent to a simple cleaning unless you do the deep at $200.00 a quadrant. Confused, I ended up paying $169.00 for the visit and left with the same teeth that needed cleaning when I entered. I am now trying over the counter Plax and taking my chances. Insurance is useless with a dentist.


November 19th, 2011
2:21 pm

So if yer gonna live here be constructive instead of destructive or angry…please.
Dentists are the only profession trying to put themselves out of business.
For inexpensive options try the:
Local county health dept. Less$/more time.
Local dental hygiene or dental school. Less$/limited services/more time.
Free clinic if you qualify but they are swamped now. Hard to find an opening.
Make a plan with a dental professional you trust and get the care you need. Pay as you go/efficient/ effective.
Travel to get your dental care elsewhere. Not predictable. Back here we have to charge extra to fix it.
I wouldn’t be a dentist if I wasn’t good at it and loved taking care of patients. There’s much easier ways to make money. It’s so not a racket. The restorations cost a fair fee for the skill, care, judgment and technology required.
Health care coverage is supposed to be a shared pool of money to cover expected costs. Insurance involves pooling funds from many insured entities (known as exposures) to pay for the losses that some may incur.
Dental care has preventative and restorative costs that are fairly predictable. There’s not a good way to share dental costs. It comes down to you pay for yourself and take care of yourself.
Health/dental care coverage is not poor – although I have a beef with higher profit margins. It’s like gas, groceries and cable t.v., you pick your level of service, you pay. There’s no way to indemnify everyone for dental.
In the 1970s, folks who had dental had $1000/year. Now more people have dental but the coverage is still about $1000/year. It should be more like $3500-5000. Coverage won’t get that good unless you pay more in which case you should just save for it.
In the 1950s, most folks here had dentures. Need a filling pull the tooth. Crowns were rare. Root canals risky. Just get dentures.
Now, folks have most or all of their teeth. The restorations cost money for the skill, care, judgment and technology. You can get inexpensive dental work but frequently someone has to do it over later. Or you loose the tooth in question.
Good dental health involves gum health, diet – to avoid sugar of every kind, bite adjustment and oral pathology screening. Catch it and fix it while it’s small. Avoid expense. Prevention. Save time. Avoid pain.
It’s less expensive to pay for prevention than it is to wait for large problems to appear. Thanks for reading.


November 19th, 2011
2:24 pm

When will the have another free dental day? And How do you stay in the loop of these things?


November 19th, 2011
2:28 pm

Dental care is not that expensive compared to health care. The insurance is cheap and most plans cover only the cleaning 100%, the rest of the work is not much less than paying out of pocket. Root canals and Orthodontics is when it gets expensive, still insurance doesn’t cover much but at least Dentists take payment plans


November 19th, 2011
2:34 pm

Dentists are used car salesmen/women with a degree. Crooks! All of them!!!

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 19th, 2011
2:46 pm

My own dentist told me dental insurance was a scam as it covers virtually nothing. Life time cap limits as well as yearly cap limits make it useless. If you are over 30, pretty much everything is considered pre-existing.

Dr. Feelgood

November 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

Doesn’t this remind you of when we heard about ppl lining up for bread in Communist Russia? just sayin…

John Ballard

November 19th, 2011
3:33 pm

Dr. Christopher North on Lavista Rd in Dekalb county is the best. He is always fair, his prices are reasonable, and he is there to be a good dentist not upsell you on things you don’t need. He reminds me of how visits to the Doctor or Dentist used to be…. before everyone (including customers)got so greedy.

Typical Rich Repukelican

November 19th, 2011
5:19 pm

Well, those folks should just let their teeth rot until they fall out and then they won’t have all these dental problems that my hard earned millions are helping to fix.


November 19th, 2011
5:41 pm

I was waiting for the resident mean repub to show up…What took you so long?

Brandon Park

November 19th, 2011
5:58 pm

I sell and service dental equipment and my customers (dentists) are hurting just like the rest of us. Good, established dentists are doing better than the new ones or the shady ones (just like any profession, there are good ones, so-so ones and bad ones). DrDentist, let me know if my locally owned company can help you save money on your handpiece and equipment repairs.

smart dawg

November 19th, 2011
6:45 pm

Rather than a rash of complaining and griping, how about a thumbs up for those who donated their time and talent to help make this event a success???????

free stuff

November 19th, 2011
7:06 pm

blame bush! 4 more years!


November 19th, 2011
7:12 pm

Goes to show people that people will show up for free stuff and still complain.


November 19th, 2011
7:14 pm

My Dad was a dentist (retired, works part time for an Army base), his older brother, my uncle, was an orthodontist (retired) and now and my brother is a dentist (bought my Dad’s clinic).

I’ve never really had to pay for dental care until we moved to ATL.

Dental insurance is crap and doesn’t cover anything. So I’ve dropped it. We just pay out of pocket. And some dentists have TWO rates – an insurance rate and a cash rate. The cash rate is cheaper.

Some dentists, according to my brother, won’t take any insurance at all. So they lower their prices. And they allow people to pay it off in installments.

Until dental care is given the same coverage as health care, insurance-wise, then I advocate going to one of those kinds of dentists.


November 19th, 2011
7:16 pm

A dental cleaning is $90 at my dentist, not too bad to pay twice a year compared to what people pay to eat out, have cable/dish tv, hitech phones and expensive clothes.


November 19th, 2011
8:18 pm

I did not receive this free service but wish the dentists and volunteers who provided this service a very big THANK YOU for caring! The rants and raves that are posted failed to get the point — yes, there is a need for affordable dental care but there are many devoted people willing to share their expertise in time of need. This takes place in areas such as food banks, donated clothing, blankets, for the less fortunate on a daily basis. I am 75 years old and received free dental care at a health department when my parents were in dire circumstances. As I became an adult, I was proud to pay for my dental services and have been grateful that someone looked after my teeth when we were not able. Next time you visit your dentist, ask for donations of toothbrushes and drop them off at a school or shelter. It will cost you nothing but time but you will be involved in helping others. Who knows, you may continue to help in some way. My dentist graciously donated toothbrushes and floss for emergency kits for flood victims. Thank you again, volunteers. That is the Ameriican way.

joe ratley, jr.

November 19th, 2011
8:30 pm

I agree with Hindu Elvis Pimp and Misty 09 – first let me applaud the folks who provided the dental care. God Bless You. To the issue of dental care in America, I feel the same way that I do about health care. It should be a gov’t run and financed single payer system. Does that make me a socialist? well we have a gov’t run and financed military which I support. I also support taking about more than half of the money that we waste on our socialist financed bloated military budget and spending it on this socialist financed health/dental care system. you crackers that throw the term “socialist” around so freakin’ much are a bunch of hypocrites – and maybe you’re dumb jacks with bad teeth that don’t know any better because we don’t have the socialist gov’t funded education system. those of you old enough to remember Republican President Dwight David Eisenhower know the one I’m talking about. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, those of you that have the “privilege” of good dental care and who have a working set of teeth in your head, AND DENY IT TO YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS. Too bad I can’t say the same thing about your brain – or your heart. – Joe Ratley, Jr.


November 19th, 2011
8:30 pm

First, thanks to those dentists for giving their free to treat those without care.

Second, I can’t help but wonder if most of those folks voted against healthcare reform (via the election of those opposed to health care reform). It’s amazing to me how the GOP convinces people to vote against their own interests.

Hillbilly and Proud

November 19th, 2011
8:44 pm

No more welfarey handouts!

When is the next free event? My family and I will be there @ 3am the next time.


November 19th, 2011
9:03 pm

I heard on the evening news that this may be planned as an “annual’ event. You will have to wait another year.


November 19th, 2011
9:43 pm

This is a commendable service for underpriveleged people who really cannot afford dental treatment. Hopefully they were the only ones in line. But I’d bet there were a few able-bodied Occu-Tard types who are always on the prowl for a handout.