PHOENIX -- It's all about giving kids and their families a reason to smile.
"A lot of kids actually don't receive good access to care, which is kinda a big issue," said Kristie Partin.
The second year dental student is one of 250 students from Midwestern University in Glendale giving back. They're volunteering their time to do some basic dental work. It's all part of an annual tradition at Midwestern to hold a free dental clinic.
From cleanings, x-rays, extractions and fillings, they're giving kids a reason to show off their pearly whites.
For parents like Marco Perez, who's on disability and living paycheck to paycheck, free dental care like this is priceless.
That's why he brought his 7-year-old son.
"These hard times, people just don't have extra cash flow to put towards dentistry and stuff like that, that can be mislooked. So coming in for a free check up is excellent for everyone," Perez explained.
Partin said the annual free clinic is really a win-win for everyone.
Kids and families get the care they need and may not be able to afford, while students get to use their skills in the real world and develop a social obligation as a provider, to treat those kids that don't have access to care.