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ALTON, IL (KTVI)-Hundreds of kids in need received thousands of dollars in free dental care Monday in Alton, IL. It all happened at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton. Children ages three to 13 from low income families received the free dental care.

Brooke Simpson was among those who brought her kids out to get treated. Brooke is a single mother of four from South Roxanna. She says dental care is expensive and some of her kids haven`t been to a dentist for two years.

One of her kids', Adam, has a problem with his front tooth.

“I got head butted in the face by my step brother and this tooth is a lot darker than this one. You can tell,” explained Adam.

“Our children need dental care and they don’t always get it. And so this means that we can all come out at one time and we can receive the care that they need,” added Brooke.

The event is called “Give Kids A Smile Day” and happens across the country. It is sponsored by the American Dental Association and targets under-served children.

The kids who qualify receive free or reduced-priced meals at school. Some 500 professionals came out to help. The free care included everything from simple cleanings to fillings and extractions to x-rays.

“'We’re finding kids that have cavities in their permanent teeth. Some of them have their baby teeth are just bombed out,” said Dr. Poonam Jain with the SIU Dental School.

Before sitting in the chair the kids had some fun learning about oral health. They even got a visit from the tooth fairy.

The hope is that the treatment received here will go a long way in helping the kids.

Brooke told us, “I want to get their teeth all fixed up and just get it on a good playing ground and then we can go from there.”