For the third consecutive year, Dr. Tom Novak is putting his money where your mouth is.Novak is hosting a day of free dental work on Friday that is part of the Dentistry from the Heart (DFTH) initiative, a nationwide movement to help those who may otherwise not be able to afford dental care.DFTH will provide a free cleaning, tooth extraction or filling to each patient 18 and older at no cost or obligation. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Office Manager Michelle Ballard said about 90 patients were seen last year, some more than once, with 100 procedures and 77 X-rays done at a total estimated cost of $28,000.“The people that we see on that day are neighbors, co-workers and friends,” Novak said about the free clinic. “It’s incredibly heart-warming for us to be able to provide such an effective and efficient answer to such a widespread local problem."There's an obvious under-served need that goes untreated and unrecognized and even though several dentists and myself participate in the free dental clinic in Parker County; this is just one way where we can see a lot of people, help out quite a bit and do it in a pretty effective and efficient way."Novak said the need is "always out there" but has grown in recent years, partly because of the economy."People are out of work or whatever else and you get people who can't afford to get stuff done," he said. "I suppose that contributes to a lot of people [not going to the dentist]."At last year's DFTH, Ballard said people lined up as early as 4:30 p.m. the Thursday before just to make sure they would be seen at 8 a.m. She added that at 6:45 a.m. the day of the event, the line was already out to Waco Street.“We started letting patients know [when it got close to the end of the day] that there would be a chance they might not be seen but that we’d do the best we could to see them,” she said. “But we didn’t turn anybody away from getting at least a first-service done.”A second doctor, Dr. Nikki Green, came at lunch and helped Novak with extractions in the afternoon. “The majority of the service provided were extractions to those in pain,” Ballard said. “We felt like we accomplished a lot in the day and patients were very appreciative.”Ballard said people should plan to bring chairs and snacks and dress appropriately for whatever the weather may be that day. Wal-Mart, Brookshire's and Little Caesar’s will be providing water and other items throughout the day to both volunteers and patients and portable toilets are being furnished by Go-To-Go, same as last year.Additionally, Ballard said, other dentists in the area provide Novak with extra instruments for the procedures."[They've] loaned me instruments because a lot of this stuff has to be sterilize when you're done being used and that takes time," Novak said before last year’s event. "A lot of people have been really nice about letting us use some additional stuff. You have to turn people over quickly so you have to have fresh stuff."As to why he decided to host the free clinic, Novak said it's just a way to give back to the community."It's the most rewarding day we have all year," he said. "If you can fix something that's broken, swollen or hurting, that's just a good deal."This is nice because we're not worried about money, we're not worried about insurance, we just fix it and go."For more information on the clinic, visit www.tomthedentist.com or call 817-594-7302. Novak’s office is located at 362 S. Waco Street in Weatherford.