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Tampa dentist plans day of free services to the public

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Dr. Vincent Monticiollo will offer hundreds of free dental services at his Tampa dentistry office Friday as part of the 12th annual Dentistry From The Heart event. 

"We provide free extractions, fillings and cleanings," Dr. Monticiollo said.

He founded the charitable event back in 2001, and since then it's grown to 49 states and 3 countries, but he can't do it alone. For the Tampa event he'll have plenty of back-up.

"We'll have over 100 volunteers, a dozen dentists, about eight hygienists, so we'll be able to service you know from three to five hundred people," he said.

Last year Dr. Monticiollo says he and volunteer dentists provided services for 526 people at his New Port Richey office.

"We get a lot of hugs. We get a lot of tears you know, and it can really change a person's life," Dr. Monticiollo explained.  "A lot of people have been hurting for a long time just waiting for this event, and they're real thankful, and it's real gratifying."

Dr. Monticiollo's office is located at 8327 West Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. Registration for the event begins at 7am, and services will be offered to patients 18 and older on a first come first served basis.

In previous years patients have camped outside Dr. Monticiollo's office the night before the free dentistry event to ensure access to the free services.

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