Emergency dental clinic a big draw in Everett

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by ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM

A free emergency dental clinic drew dozens of people hoping for treatment on Saturday.

"I got here at 9 p.m. Friday night, even though they don't open until 8 a.m. Saturday, but I have a broken tooth and can't afford to get it fixed," said Kim Wilson.

Wilson, of Marysville, was one of about a dozen people who lined up outside of the "All Family Dental Care" in Everett by midnight.
 
Dr. Colleen Tracey offered her services as well as her staffs for the free day of treatment.

"I know dentists who volunteer in other countries, but after thinking about it, I wanted to help our local community," said Dr. Tracey.

Just before 8 a.m., the doors were unlocked and the first patients started filling out paper work.
 
Peter Martinez of Marysville brought his wife.

"She needs emergency dental work that would cost between $500 and $1,000, we have no dental insurance and simply can't afford it," he said. "We are so grateful to Dr. Tracey for this opportunity. "
 
At least a hundred people had lined up by the time the clinic started at 8 a.m.

Dr. Tracey says after seeing the need for this type of free service, she hopes to do another free clinic within the next several months

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