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Free dental care offered on Labor Day

DENVER -- It was a labor of love on Labor Day as hundreds of people waited in line, some comfortably in folding chairs, to receive a little tender loving care.  Except you wouldn't normally associate a visit to the dentist as TLC.

But it is, if you can't afford it.

"And that's a big problem, right?" said Dr. Matt Stevens of Risas Dental and Braces. "We have created an office where people who can't afford it.  We start wherever we can to help them."

And Monday, dental care was free from 8 a.m. until noon. This is the fifth year Risas Dental and Braces have put on their labor of love event.

It's also the seventh year Denver resident Hilda Costilla has been to a dentist. Costilla had her teeth cleaned and cavities filled if needed for no charge.

"It kind of restores my faith and hope in humanity.  Like when you treat people the right way and do things for them for the right reasons, you get the best reaction," Stevens said.

Before the day was over, 500 people received more than $200,000 worth of much needed dental care.

Four dentists and more than 20 assistants manned the West Evans Avenue location. All put in more than a days work for not one penny. All volunteered their services.

Stevens said if anybody needs dental care and could not come in Monday at one of the four metro-area locations, they should call and make an appointment.  No one, he said, will be turned away because they cannot pay for treatment.