Clinic Offers Free Dental Care To Uninsured

Some people dread going to the dentist, but hundreds will flock to get dental care in New Bern. That's because the care will be free, offered to people who don't have health and dental insurance.

MERCI Clinic and the N.C. Dental Society are hosting the clinic in New Bern Friday and Saturday, at Garber United Methodist Church. It is located at 4201 Country Club Rd. in New Bern. Registration starts at 6 a.m. both days.

Patients must be 18 years of age and may not earn more than 200% of the national poverty level annually. Patients must provide proof of income at registration.

"This Missions of Mercy event is part of a growing number of NCMOM clinics in North Carolina," says NCDS Executive Director Dr. Alec Parker, a retired Asheville, N.C., dentist. "These clinics typically treat 400-500 patients during a weekend. The New Bern project is expected to exceed that number."

MERCI Clinic says limited access to dental care in North Carolina is approaching "epidemic proportions."

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