By Mamta Lulla

On Sept. 16 many individuals and families who may not be able to afford dental care received free services thanks to the generosity of Lobay Dental Clinic.

The dental clinic located in Stony Plain hosted its second annual free dental day giving back to the community one smile at a time.

Last year, approximately 30 patients walked inside the clinic to get their dental concerns looked at by a friendly and professional staff at the clinic.

This year, the clinic wanted to double the number and they were successful at taking care of roughly 60 patients. The dental work would be equivalent to about $17,000, said office manager Chrissy Ford.

Why the generosity? The clinic is thankful for its patient base that has stood by them even after the clinic moved locations.

Ford confirmed despite the recession in Alberta and the Tri-Region, the clinic outgrew its old space and it had to move.

“We have a great patient base and we grew through word of mouth,” said Ford.

The owners Dr. Fred Lobay and Dr. Cory deJong along with associate dentist Dr. Marissa Kobewka along with most of the staff members donated their free time as big thanks to the community.

The staff allowed patients to pick the main concern and it was taken care of for free – be it a cleaning session or fillings.

There was a line-up outside the clinic when they opened it on the morning of Sept. 16.

Flyers went out to low-income demographic in the Tri-Region.

Ford said it’s not affordable for all families to get dental work done. For example – one family with four kids and two parents came in and got free teeth cleaning. That service would cost them about $1,200 and not everyone can afford that.

“It can definitely be tough for families and seniors,” she said.

For those who missed out on the event this year, can look out for the free day next year, as the clinic aims to continue their event annually.