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Free dental clinic offered in Raleigh Friday, Saturday

Posted August 11, 2011 11:37 a.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2011 9:38 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Dental Society is staging a free clinic Friday and Saturday at the RBC Center.

The event, called “North Carolina Missions of Mercy,” is offering examinations, x-rays, cleanings, restorations and extractions for anyone over the age of 18 with an income of up to $27,225 per year.

Up to 120 volunteer dentists and dental hygienists are staffing 80 dental chairs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 

Patients will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis, with patient registration beginning at 6 a.m. each day.

Patients' pre-screening started Thursday.

Organizers said Thursday that they were still seeking volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and people to help with patient registration, food service, clean up, distribution of supplies and also serve as patient escorts. Spanish language interpreters were also needed.