NC free dental clinic treats nearly 900 people

A recent free dental clinic hosted by the North Carolina Dental Society provided about $400,000 worth of care to nearly 900 people during a two-day event.

Forty dental chairs were filled by patients in need of fillings, extractions, and other services during the August 13-14 Missions of Mercy free clinic in Asheville, according to the organization.

"This was the second-largest clinic ever held in North Carolina and would have been the largest if we had more chairs," said Jack Teague III, an Asheville, NC, dentist and a member of the Missions of Mercy committee, in a press release.

The free clinic involved more than 250 volunteers, including dentists, hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, students, and community members.

Missions of Mercy are sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Health Fund.

Missions of Mercy organizers began offering the two-day clinics in North Carolina in early 2004. Through the end of 2009, more than 75 clinics had been held across North Carolina, with over $7 million in free dental care provided to more than 22,000 North Carolinians. This recent clinic was the first held in Asheville.

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