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Okla. dentist offers free dental care; pushes for health care changes

Free Dental Care Day (KTUL)

GLENPOOL, Okla. (KTUL) -- Dozens of Tulsans took advantage of free dental care day at Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry in Glenpool.

The event allows people to come in and get their teeth cleaned, fillings and extractions, all for free.

Beckie Tate was one of many to take advantage of free dental care day.

"We are a family of five and the cost of dental work sometimes can get expensive," Tate said.

Tate said with the insurance she has, she was going to be paying a hefty price out of pocket.

"So when we saw this we took advantage of this because I needed a tooth pulled plus some other dental work and it was going to be a lot of money up front," Tate said.

Tate's 9-year-old son tagged along to get his teeth cleaned.

"That helps me out financially to be able to save a little bit of money," Tate said.

Owner and dentist of Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry, Doctor Parnam Mohanna says this may be the only chance some of the patients are able to get dental work done for the year.

"I see a lot more of my patients are unhealthier, they don't show up to their appointments because they don't have a sufficient amount of money to pay their deductibles, they don't have a sufficient amount of money to pay their portions," Mohanna said.

He blames it on the affordable care act.

"Affordable care act is not affordable," Mohanna said.

Mohanna says he agrees with President Trump's decision to get rid of the affordable care act and make changes to the insurance policies.

He wants his patients and the rest of the world to be able to afford regular check-ups, surgeries and health needs through a good health care system.

"If you don't have health, what else do you have," Mohanna said.

Mohanna says he would like to see President Trump sit down with healthcare professionals and insurance companies to come up with a plan that provides for all.

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