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LAWTON, Okla.—Dentists and other professionals will be on hand this weekend to help Oklahomans in need of dental care for free.

Dental professionals recommend people have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year, yet Oklahoma ranked last in the U.S. for the percentage of adults visiting a dentist.

The 4th annual “Oklahoma Mission of Mercy” is scheduled for Feb. 1 through Feb. 2 at the Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton.

Organizers say the event features a fully functional dental facility, more than 130 chairs and nearly 1,400 volunteers.

Dentists will be providing cleanings, fillings, extractions and anterior root canals for no charge.

Officials say there is no eligibility or income requirements for the event and everyone will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Last year we succeeded in caring for more than 1,733 attendees in McAlester and hope for even greater outreach in our fourth year in my hometown of Lawton,” said Todd Bridges, DDS. “Many Oklahomans prioritize their needs and simply are not able to budget for proper dental care. This event allows us to treat people who may otherwise continue to put off a dental appointment until a toothache becomes unbearable and results in infection or worse.”

Doors open at 5 a.m. on Friday

The event is presented by the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation and the Oklahoma Dental Foundation.

For more information, visit the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy website.