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Volunteers provide dental care for children and adults

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -Dentists and volunteers are helping hundreds of South Georgians with their dental needs. A Sylvester church teamed up with a non-profit dentistry group to provide dental care for kids and adults who can't afford it.

Cortez Mclenn is one of hundreds of people who visited Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in the last two days for free dental care. He brought in his children. Dental Hygienist Gail Weisberg is cleaning his son Brian's teeth.

Weisberg also applies fluoride to fight cavities. She's part of Project Stretch. It's a non-profit organization children's dentists created 21 years ago to provide dental care for kids whose families can't afford insurance.

"This is my calling and it's nice to give back and this doesn't feel like work to me at all," said Weisberg.

Companies donated fluoride and materials. Even though the mission was targeted towards children, they welcomed many adults in need of serious dental work.

Georgia Dental Society President Delores Hubbard could write a book about the cases she's seen.

"Oh it's just so much. Kids in pain and adults with root tips they've had for twenty years," said Hubbard.

Project Stretch volunteers have helped 31,000 kids world-wide by helping children now. They hope to prevent serious problems when the kids grow up.

Between Thursday and Friday, Pleasant Grove has seen more than 500 people enter its doors.

Volunteers will see patients Saturday. They saw such a large need, they're also staying until Sunday. They'll finish up after the church service from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers expect to reach more than one-thousand people. The non-profit group has served children in 15 countries and eight other sates. For more information, call Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 229-776-5675

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