Local dentists provide free services during 'Miles of Smiles' event

Published: Apr. 6, 2019 at 4:50 PM CDT
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Local dentists teamed up for a second year in a row to turn Central Louisiana frowns upside down.

Today's Dental and Red River Dental's 'Miles of Smiles' event offered free services to the first 100 patients on Saturday.

Services included a free cleaning and extraction, or a filling of the patient's choice.

Both offices are usually closed on Saturdays, but staff came in bright and early to get prepared for the day ahead.

Staff said they didn't mind the early wake up call because they were excited to give back to the community.

The event is the brain child of Dr. Jonas Gauthier.

"He went on a mission trip to South America last year," said Dr. William Puckett. "He got back and he was like man you don't have to fly all the way out to Brazil, there are a lot of people right here that could use some free work. So, we got together and did the Miles of Smiles. It is expensive and a toothache will ruin your day."

With another successful year in the books, both dental teams are looking forward to many more.