Greensboro, NC-- Access to dental care may not be a problem for some of us, but not so much for a lot of our neighbors.
And throughout the year, dentists and organzations team up to offer those who don't have regular access an opportunity to get dental care for free.
One of the largest free clinics in the Triad is coming up this weekend in Greensboro. The event is sponsored the NC Dental Society (NCDS) in cooperation with Cone Health.
WHERE & WHEN: The adult dental clinic is on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at the Greensboro Coliseum Annex. Location: 1921 West Lee Street in Greensboro. Clinic hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and 7:30 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
Called "North Carolina Missions of Mercy" or "NCMOM", the clinic is expected to treat more than 900 patients. It will be staffed by 150 dental professionals including NCDS dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and dental lab technicians from around the state, as well as 350 local volunteers.
Patient Services: Patients will receive examinations, x-rays, cleanings, restorations and extractions for free. An on- site dental lab will offer new partial dentures. Patients will be treated on a first-come-first-served basis, with patient registration beginning at 6 a.m. each day.
To be eligible for treatment, patients must be 18 years or age and may not earn more than 200% of the national poverty level annually.
According to Blaylock, there are more than a million Medicaid-eligible adults in North Carolina who are unable to see a dentist regularly.
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