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ALL SMILES

Hundreds of dentists showed their pearly whites when Garth Brooks made a surprise appearance to announce his support of a children's charity.

Brooks told a meeting of about 750 members of the Crown Council, an alliance of North American dentists, that his Touch 'em All Foundation would join in their Smiles for Life Charity Campaign.

The goal is to raise $5 million for various children's groups, Brooks said.

"We have 14 charities to start," the country music singer told the group Saturday. "The money is for children, and the areas we will use it for is medical, education and inner-city projects since those needs are so great."

For the next three months, dentists participating in the fund raising will provide discounted teeth whitening procedures to their patients, and payments for that work will be channeled directly to the Smiles For Life Foundation.

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