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Free dental clinic open to Charlotte region's underserved clients
Organizers expect 1,500 people on Oct. 18-19
Published Monday, October 7, 2019 8:16 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Missions of Mercy organizers expect to treat as many as 1,500 adults at a free dental clinic Oct. 18-19 at Bojangles' Coliseum.

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Missions of Mercy is fixing smiles for free in October.

Organizers with the nonprofit hope to treat as many as 1,500 adults in the Charlotte region who lack access to dental care with North Carolina’s largest free dental clinic Oct. 18-19 at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The clinic will operate more than 100 dental chairs over 12 hours, and patients must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers will clean and remove teeth, fill cavities, perform root canals and other procedures, including a limited number of partial dentures. Clinic doors open at 5 a.m. on Oct. 18.  

“This is our fifth time hosting the clinic in Charlotte and our success is entirely due to the generosity of people who give their time and financial support to help people in pain and in need,” said Scott Davenport, a Charlotte dentist and clinic chairman. “It’s important for volunteers to sign up today so we can make the most of every clinic hour.”

The Charlotte clinic is named after the late Dr. Kenneth Owen, a Charlotte orthodontist who founded and served as director of the clinic, officially known as the NCMOM-Kenneth D. Owen-Charlotte Clinic.

The clinic is funded by individuals and organizations including the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Atrium Health Foundation, Leon Levine Foundation, Foundation for the Carolinas and A Night for Smiles, a nonprofit that money for dental care.

The clinic is a part of the North Carolina Dental Society’s outreach program but is entirely funded and organized locally by volunteers. The Charlotte clinics are the largest and most comprehensive held in North Carolina, performing dental work valued at $4.6 million for nearly 7,300 patients.

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What time do we line up for services? I am desperate for root canal. If I could get a bridge too that would be amazing? I have tried in the past to wait on line for these services for hours only to be told that that were not doing anymore root canals and crowns. How do i increase my odds?
Posted on October 14, 2019

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