Dentists With Heart: Big Smile Dental Offers Free Services On Valentine's Day For 15th Year

Rob Hart
February 14, 2020 - 1:56 pm
Dr. Theodore Siegel

WBBM Newsradio/Rob Hart

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A handful of people waited outside Friday for several hours in brutally cold temperatures to participate in an annual tradition in Logan Square:  free dental services at Big Smile Dental on Milwaukee Avenue.

Every year, Big Smile Dental opens its doors to the community, offering free dental services on Valentine's Day starting at 9 a.m. Dr. Theodore Siegel has been providing the service for 15 years.  He said its his way of giving back to the community.

"You look around here, up and down Milwaukee Avenue you see homeless. You see mothers who can't afford to feed or clothe their babies.  People come in every day and can't even afford to have a tooth pulled.  Today we're going to try to make a difference in their lives and see if we can help them out," Dr. Siegel said.

He expects to see between 50 and 100 patients on Friday.  His office will perform any procedure that can be done in one day, from cleanings and fillings, to tooth extractions. Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and patients will be given a time for treatment when they arrive. 

Michael Bagget of Chicago said he had been in line since 3 a.m.  He needed a tooth extracted. Despite the fact that he was waiting for a potentially painful procedure, Bagget said he wasn't nervous.

"This is my second one.  So I'm not nervous.  The first time I was nervous and it really was a piece of cake," Bagget said.

Big Smile Dental has been able to treat more than 5,600 people and provide over $2 million in free dentistry in the past 14 years, this year marks 15 years of the "loving" tradition.

"For many, dentistry is a luxury that they can not afford. This year instead of giving chocolates or flowers on Valentines Day, we are giving something that just might change someone’s life. Free Dentistry to those in need. Everyone that attends the 15th annual "Dentists With Heart" at Big Smile Dental will receive free dental treatment including  exams, x-rays. cleanings, fillings, extractions or pain control," Dr. Siegel said.