Have a sore sweet tooth and no insurance? Get it filled, cleaned or pulled for free

This photo shows the door at White House Dental in Ontario, where area residents lacking insurance can take advantage of some free dental care on Friday.

ONTARIO — You might be one of the 36 million Americans who receives a box of chocolate for Valentine’s Day. But after the first bite of chocolate, you might be reminded that it’s time to see the dentist. Do you have a cavity? Maybe a teeth cleaning is in order, or a cavity needs to be filled. How much will a regular cleaning cost you? Delta Dental’s cost estimator for a regular cleaning out of network in 97914 zip code estimates states it will cost about $99 to $112. One single silver filling estimated cost is $150 to $167. A non-surgical tooth extraction will cost $170 to $208.

But the cost can be higher for people who don’t have insurance. That’s why each year, White House Dental offers one day of free dental care for area residents without dental insurance.

“Dentistry from our hearts,” is a day set aside annually when staff at the local dentist’s office offer residents of Ontario and surrounding areas free dental care. Dr. Clarke Short, and staff say they enjoy the opportunity to give back to the community and provide treatment to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance.

In 2018, White House Dental staff provided 71 patients with free dental services valued more than $15,000, according to office records.

Adults age 18 and older who need a tooth filled, cleaned, or extracted are urged to attend the 9th annual “Dentistry from our hearts” event on Friday.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the last patient will be seen at 4:30 p.m.

Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are urged to arrive early. Waiting will be outside, so patients are also encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for weather and bring lawn chairs, blankets, water and snacks.

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