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Lines Grow Long for Free Dental Care

  Godley Station Dental was offering their free dental care service this (Thursday) morning. This is the fourth time they've offered the free service.   

The line formed outside Godley Station Dental before the sun rose.

 Something as costly and valuable as dental care draws a big crowd when it's free .

    Like dozens in this line, Starla Hamilton has no dental plan:

 " This is my first year here - I usually go down to Howard Dental every year and they also do it. Two years, free dental services twice a year? You can't beat it! Especially how it is right now! " 

  Military vet Bernard Jones believes the tighter the economy, out there, the longer the lines here -

" So you see lines like this, an example of people needing public services that a lot of people take for granted, they have to line up when it becomes available, like this free dental! "

     Statistics back up his assertion. A recent health services research survey concludes that preventive dental visits go down when unemployment goes up. It means that those without good medical and dental coverage don't get to the dentist's office very often. On the other hand, those with the best medical coverage make the most visits.

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