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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  • by Joy Location: newport, nc on Jan 24, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    Just follow the links to ncdental .org and it will show you where to go to make a donation. It is such a need and they are wonderful people and yes it is a journey for the people that go needing dental work. But if your willing to brave the elements and go with the right frame of mind and with a grateful heart. It is so worth your time.
  • by Froze for nothing on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    I stood in the freezing cold for 5 hours before they even let me in the building, another 2 hours inside the building (7 hours total) only to have them say, "sorry, we can't see you today." Seems if they were overloaded, they should have said so at the outset. At least I wouldn't have driven an hour and stood in the cold for 5 hours for nothing! Gives a new meaning to the term, "left out in the cold!"
  • by Mike Location: Raleigh on Jan 22, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    There are free NCMOM sponsored by the NC Dental Society clinics throughout the state - one each month - in various locations. Check www.ncdental.org. Give Kids a Smile! clinics, also statewide, will take place Feb. 4. Tax information can be used to establish income for MOM events.
  • by pirate '00 Location: winterville on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    TO Anonymous - these clinics do occur more often than 1 x per year. They hold these clinics all over the state. Another local clinic was held in Washington back in August.
  • by Google Location: ENC on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Information for patients of Mission of mercy can be found here. The site explains the process and lists Federal Poverty Guidelines as a percentage of salary. http://www.ncdental.org/ncds/Patient_Frequently_Asked_Questions.asp?SnID=474565541
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    I am very civic minded and I know the appreciation and value that volunteering and donating your time and talents has on your community. You have to have nothing but a willing heart to do it. Great way to TAKE YOUR MIND OFF YOURSELF and be a blessing to others. Try it - you'll be blessed!
  • by Working Poor! Location: Outer Banks on Jan 21, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    I have dental insurance but can't afford the copays. It's sad that to get help, I'd have to quit my job.
  • by ENC Dentist Location: ENC on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Here is the donation link for NC MOM. It is a great program. There are also volunteer opportunities for non-dental volunteers. http://www.ncdental.org/ncds/NC_Dental_Health_Fund.asp?SnID=2133807275
  • by Superdave Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    I think this is a good thing to do , but there are thousands who have some sort of insurance but the costs are so high cannot afford to get dental work done due to high co-pays and what Dentists will allow that they are left out. If you have perfect credit you may get help but again this economy has devestated many folks credit standing. Just a point.
  • by QUestion Location: here on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    What is 200%? And when and are they going to do a children's clinic? What do you have to bring to prove income? TAxes?
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