1,000+ show up for free dental care event in St. Cloud

The Minnesota Department of Health estimates more than 25% of Minnesotans don’t have dental insurance.

This weekend, a large group of volunteers made sure to help reach more than 1,000 people in need.

Friday and Saturday, a line wrapped around the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud as volunteers took a break from their busy practices to care of those who can’t afford dental care.

After taking a two year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Minnesota Dental Association and Foundations opened the doors to those desperate for care.

Some of those looking for care event camped out, waiting hours in line just to get proper care, from cleanings and a checkup, to root canals and complete partials and replacements.

The volunteer doctors say it’s not only an event they look forward to, but a way for Minnesotans to get the care they need.