February 2, 2014

Masses try to stay warm for free dental care


Huddled in a red and black plaid blanket outside 29th St. Dental Care, Shelby Peters was among over 200 patients awaiting free dental procedures. 

"Dentistry from the Heart" is an annual, one day event at 29th St. Dental Care that provides free dental procedures to anyone. Patients do not have to make appointments. No questions are asked about insurance. 

Peters went to the dentist for a teeth cleaning and after some X-rays found out she needed $3,700 worth of fillings. Prior to this, Peters had not been to the dentist in 15 years. 

After hearing about "Dentistry from the Heart" from a televised news station, Peters, of Noble, Okla. decided to make the 50 minute drive down to Chickasha where she began waiting in line at 7:50 a.m. 

"It's nice someone is giving back. You don't find many people doing that," she said. 

The generous spirt seemed to spread. Someone had said on Facebook that they were cold and needed socks. A good samaritan brought them a package of socks, Peters said. 

The day was busy for the 75 to 100 volunteers. By their lunch break around 1 p.m., the team of volunteers, dentists and staffs at 29th St. Dental Care had seen about 135 patients, Dr. John Phillips, said. 

The patients were brought in 14 patients at a time, occupying the 14 available rooms for an average of 30 minutes. 

Phillips said the team saw several residents of Grady and Caddo Counties as well as a few from Texas. 

"There were patients that couldn't smile, and now they can," Phillips said.

Text Only
  • A quarter of the world's most educated people live in the 100 largest cities

    College graduates are increasingly sorting themselves into high-cost, high-amenity cities such as Washington, New York, Boston and San Francisco, a phenomenon that threatens to segregate us across the country by education.

    July 23, 2014

  • image-3.jpg Girl Scout donates to Locks of Love

    Six-year-old Madison Dunn donated her long hair to Locks of Love when she learned that some children don't have hair.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 22, 2014

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 21, 2014

  • H@TG4ES-1.jpg Howling at the Gates:

    The web comic, "Howling at the Gates" begins when mad scientist Hypatia tells her boyfriend Grant that she plans to kidnap Pythagorus with her time machine.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Survey shows colleges flouting sexual assault rules

    More than 40 percent of 440 colleges and universities surveyed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., haven't investigated a sexual assault in the past five years, according to a report released Wednesday.

    July 16, 2014

  • Are America's biggest alcohol brands targeting the country's underage youth?

    Underage drinkers - those between the ages of 18 and 20, most specifically - are more heavily exposed to printed alcohol advertisements than any other age group, according to a new study. And it's America's biggest booze companies that could be to blame.

    July 15, 2014

  • Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses

    They have no specialized structure to perceive sound as we do, but a new study has found that plants can discern the sound of predators through tiny vibrations of their leaves - and beef up their defenses in response.

    July 8, 2014

  • DSCF1770.JPG The sonogram fairy

    Walking into Bubbie's Bebes is like walking into a corner of Neverland.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140625-AMX-HEALTH-EXERCISE252.jpg Fitness program caters to people with developmental disabilities

    Spirit - which stands for "Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork" - offers classes that help clients with developmental disabilities build muscle, increase flexibility and improve their diets. As a population, they have limited opportunities when it comes to health, Smith says. "And a lot need more social interaction," he adds.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo