Surely your list of fun things to do on Christmas Eve does not include having a pointy metal object shoved in your mouth and scraped against the surface of your teeth. But last year, more than 3,000 people showed up to Comfort Dental offices in five states to have a turn in the dentist's chair on the day before Christmas. Why?
It was free. As company Founder and President Dr. Rick Kushner said in a press release, "We're dentists, so we give away dental services for the holidays." Comfort Dental has done this every Christmas Eve, aka Care Day, since 1984.
Although Kansas City didn't make a 2009 list of U.S. cities with the worst teeth (ha ha, St. Louis), there are plenty of grills out there that need a little TLC. If you have one of them, take heed: Comfort Dental has four offices in the metro: 651 East 24 Highway and 3908 South Noland Road in Independence, 9600 East 350 Highway in Raytown and 3315 Gillham Plaza in KCMO.
No appointments will be taken on Friday, December 24. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone hoping for a chance to open up and say, "ahh," should show up early. Thanks to the awesome recession that we're all living through, Comfort Dental expects a bigger turnout than ever this year.
And here's the catch: Comfort Dental offices are only open from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Dentists need holidays, too.