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      'Miles for Smiles' raises money for local dental care

      <font size="2">"Miles for Smiles" raised money to benefit the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio.</font>

      The Toledo Dental Society came together on Saturday in an effort to provide dental care to those who can??t afford it.

      More than a hundred dentists, dental office employees and their families laced up their shoes at Monclova Elementary School for the ??Miles for Smiles?? 5K race. The event raised money to benefit the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio. Organizers say the facility is low on funds because Medicaid will not cover rising costs of dental care.

      ??They??re taking money out of reserves and in an effort to keep the place afloat we wanted to try and create a fund-raiser that could help fund their care,?? said Dr. Steve Shall, a local dentist.

      Shall said the event is expected to raise about $40,000 through private donations and race registration fees.