Teaming up today with Dr. Scott A. Brown, DDS to provide free dental work to those who need care but cannot afford it are Dr. Michael Beckerman, Dr. Paul Shepherd, Dr. David Boag, Benco Dental, Dr. Fulton Lewis III, Dr. Steven King, and Dr. John Pritchett of Oral Surgery Associates. Brown said a number of dental hygienists are also volunteering to clean teeth during the event.

Family Dentistry at 2093 Jonesboro Road in McDonough will host its second annual Smiles for the Holidays event November 22, beginning at 6 a.m., with a day of free dental services, according to

“We worked for 17 hours last year (shown above),” said Brown. “The feedback was incredible. There were a lot of tears, thank-yous and hugs.”

He told the “My last patient, it was her 75th birthday and I started working on her at 9 p.m.,” he said. “She had been there since 6 a.m. I pulled four teeth on her, which would have been $800 to $1,000. I said, ‘This is probably not how you want to spend your birthday.’ She said, ‘Are you kidding? This is the best present I could have gotten.’”