The real but often unspoken health care crisis facing the country might be how many Americans simply can't afford to take care of their teeth. The U.S. Surgeon General reports American students miss more than 51 million hours of school and employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to dental disease. That's reason enough for the nonprofit Dentistry From the Heart to team up with Boise's Ustick Dental to offer a full day of free dentistry, Friday, Nov. 6.
Dr. Vincent Rigby and his team of technicians will provide a day of oral care, including free extractions and cleanings 8 a.m. -4 p.m., adding they'll try to see as many patients as possible.
"It's my way of giving back to the community," said Rigby. "I know there are people out there that need my services but have no means to afford them."