Hundreds show up in Rock Hill for free dental services - | WBTV Charlotte

Hundreds show up in Rock Hill for free dental services


On Friday, hundreds of people lined up in Rock Hill to receive nearly $1-million worth of free dental care.

Going to the dentist can be terrifying for many, but for those who aren't able to afford a visit and haven't had one in years, it's a different story.

People have been lined up at First Baptist Church in Rock Hill since 5 o'clock Friday morning, to receive free dental work from dentist, hygienists and nurses from around the state.

"It's a blessing that they're here and it's a blessing for us," said patient Kathy Graham.

Graham says she can't afford to go to the dentist and needed several procedures done, Friday.

"I had a fill in at the top and I need a tooth put in at the bottom," said Graham.

This is the 6th year the South Carolina Dental Association has hosted Dental Access Days, the first time in Rock Hill.

"The hugs we get, we have patients that have their teeth pulled that want pictures with the people that pulled them, so it's great," said Rock Hill dentist Dr. Paul Coombs.

Dr. Coombs says it's his way of giving back.

"If you don't have a smile, it's hard to get along in public. If you're looking for a job, it's hard to get that job interview," said Coombs.

Patients attending the clinic received x-rays, so dentists could determine what they needed most.

Some attendees needed cleanings, root canals, crowning and some like Amanda McCoy needed fillings and partials.

She got emotional after her treatment.

"I would never smile," sobbed McCoy.

McCoy says she never had good teeth, but after Friday's free visit to the dentist, she's leaving with a boost of self esteem.

"I will walk with my head up, more confidently. It's going to be a life changer," she said.

Saturday is the last day for the clinic, officials will at First Baptist Church from 6am to 3pm.

Officials initially expected around 1,500 attendees, but at 11:30 Friday morning, more than 1,000 people already registered.

Patients will be served on first come, first served basis for Saturday's clinic. Attendees are not required to bring any documentation of need of services.

Copyright 2014 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly