Show love on Valentine’s Day with free dental services

Show love on Valentine's Day with free dental services

Show love on Valentine’s Day with free dental services


LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana (KPLC) – A life-changing event unfolded in Lake Charles on Valentine’s Day.

“It’s a great way to spend Valentine’s Day,” said Judy Lowery, who came to Oak Park to eat.

On Valentine’s Day, Oak Park Dental showed some love to the community by offering free dental work. While it may not seem like much, it has a huge impact as it is estimated that more than 74 million Americans do not have dental insurance.

“We do our best to take care of these people and make them feel special because probably for a lot of them, they don’t feel special all day. But it’s that time of year, at least we’ll take care of them and make them feel special. They feel special,” said Dr Castle, the owner of Oak Park Dental Clinic.

This is the 20th year that the castle has been doing this work in the Lake District.

“They may really need a cleaning, or their teeth have been bothering them for a while, so they can come here and get it done for free. It’s our way of giving back to the community,” says dental assistant Keli Spicer.

Dr Castle said many people depended on it, with some regulars even taking advantage of the free service on Valentine’s Day each year.

“I see some of the same people here over and over again. It was just a rewarding experience,” Dr Castle said.

It’s a full hall with long lines outside the door as Lake District residents like Sandra Weatherall and Judy Lowery line up to clean, fill or pick up for free.

“It’s really a good thing because some parts of some states don’t have that service. So it’s a blessing,” Weatherall said.

“We really need it in southwest Louisiana,” Lowery said.

These procedures can get very expensive, and Dr. Castle said he’s grateful he can relieve some of the stress for these patients.

“All of this stuff that we’re doing in Lake Charles really reduces people’s access to dental care,” Dr. Castle said.

Patients queued up early this morning to pick up tickets for the service as they sold out quickly.

This year, the office served as many patients as possible on a first-come, first-served basis, offering free services to more than 100 people.

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