CASSELBERRY, Fla. — A Casselberry dentist opened up his office Friday for adults and children who just can’t afford emergency dental work.
The dentist offered something he never had before, free emergency dental work.
“We decided to do this a month ago. It’s a community service, give back to the community. They’ve been supporting me 26 years in Central Florida,” Chatterley said.
Chatterley says many people can’t afford dental care because of the poor economy. In the past two years, he’s seen 15 percent fewer patients. But he believes people still need his help, so he decided to donate his services.
Colleen Maynard heard about Dr. Chatterley on Channel 9 Eyewitness News Friday morning. She drove two hours from Marion County hoping to get in to see the dentist.
“It cost me about $10 to drive here,” Maynard said.
Maynard said she just can’t afford dental care because she was forced to take early retirement. She desperately needed a filling and decided this was the perfect opportunity.
“I think it’s the most wonderful thing. This man has to be blessed,” Maynard said.
And Maynard isn’t alone. Dr. Chatterley says 25 percent of Americans don’t go to the dentist because they’re either afraid or can’t afford it.
And poor dental health can lead to serious disease. The Mayo Clinic says tooth decay is linked to stroke, heart disease even premature birth.
Doctor Chatterley will be offering his services again next Friday from 8:30am to 2:30pm at his office at 1012 State Road 436 in Casselberry (see map).