The Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation staged its second annual free dental clinic over the weekend at the Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln. About 900 people without dental health insurance got the help they needed.
The line for the free dental clinic started forming at eight o’clock Friday morning – a full 22 hours before it opened. Dr. Jeffrey Dodge, president of the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation, said the first person in line was a young man who needed four front teeth replaced.
The Community College of Rhode Island is joining with the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation to hold the second “Rhode Island Mission of Mercy.”
Last year the event drew 800 people and an additional 100 were turned away. This year the college will have more than 25 dental chairs, and equipment to provide dental care, such as root canals, teeth cleaning and x-rays. The clinic will be staffed by professional and community volunteers, all the dental work is free. The volunteer dentists will pay their own expenses.