It was a packed waiting room inside Alabama Family Dental.
By lunchtime, nearly a one hundred people with no insurance were handed a number. People tell me having an opportunity to receive free dental work is a godsend. Catherine Mayberry hasn't seen a dentist in 5 years.
"I just have numerous dental issues. I'm sure everybody appreciates it as much as I do, so you know it's very difficult to afford dental insurance," said Catherine Mayberry, who doesn't have dental insurance.
Mayberry is one in about 108 million people in the United States without dental insurance, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That's why Dr. Jennifer Milazzo says having a free dental day is so important.
"We understand that people's lives may be busy and treatment maybe expensive, and we just feel like we need to help people put who otherwise can't afford it or get it done," said Dr. Milazzo.
3 doctors are on staff to offer free cleaning, exams, X-rays, fillings and extractions. Kevin Sherwin has been battling a toothache, and looked forward to having them pulled.
"I've had it for a while now. I've got a couple teeth broken in the back that are bad, so I'm glad to get them out," said Sherwin.
With every little flush, drill and pull, a spotlight that probably never would've shined on these patients did, thanks to dentists willing to give of their time.
"It's saying that our economy is pretty bad and that the people, are in need of help and if there is anyone out there that would love to help," said Nate Williams.
This is Alabama Family Dental's 5th year providing a free care to patients.