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A cadre of dental health care providers will attempt to provide free dental care for 1,000 uninsured patients next month. Organizers have announced the dates for the third annual free dental clinic.

The Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation says volunteers will to try to help hundreds of patients over May 31st and June 1st on the campus of the Community College of Rhode Island. It's called the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic. The idea is to help poor patients with urgent dental problems.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Check out this new graphic from the Pew Charitable Trusts on the percentage of homes served by fluoridated public water water systems. Public health agencies have long recommended fluoridated water, especially for kids' dental health. In Rhode Island, just 83.9% of homes are served by such treated water.

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. 

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A new report from the Pew Center on the States finds that Rhode Island is falling behind when it comes to meet children’s dental health needs.