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Dr. Samuel Swainhart and the team at Carefree Smile were pleased to volunteer at the annual free dentistry event, the Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy.  The December event, now in its seventh year and hosted at the AZ State Fairgrounds, delivered $1.9 million in free dental care by hundreds of volunteers.  Dr. Swainhart was joined by his team members, including two assistants and two dental hygienists.

“Giving back to the community is so important, and the Mission of Mercy provides such an excellent way for us to do that.  Arriving to the Coliseum in the early AM and seeing tents lined up with hundreds of people camping out for a chance at free dental care, is very humbling.”

Dr. Swainhart, a US Army veteran, has been involved with international mission trips to Haiti, Mexico, and Brazil.  He said, “You don’t have to leave Maricopa County to find the same desperate need that you might see in developing nations.  We have great need right here in our state.”

The Carefree Smile team provided nearly 50 dental extractions, as well as volunteered in the triage and radiograph areas of the event.  Other free procedures provided included cleanings, fillings, root canals, and dentures.

For more information about the Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy, please visit


Bethanie, Dr. Swainhart, and Gina in Oral Surgery


Gina, Kelly, Dr. Swainhart, Bethanie, Delea, and Gary at the Mission of Mercy