2-day dental clinic set for Bemidji with goal of free cleanings, fillings for 2,000 people
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 14, 2013 - 9:40 pm EDT
BEMIDJI, Minnesota — For a couple days at least, Minnesota's largest dentist office will be in Bemidji.
About 1,200 professionals and volunteers hope to see and serve 2,000 patients at a two-day temporary dental clinic starting Friday. The Minnesota Mission of Mercy event will provide free dental care to children and adults who might not otherwise be able to afford it. The goal is to provide $1 million in donated care, ranging from simple cleanings to cavity fillings and even root canals in some instances.
Dental hygienist Jennie Murray, Forest Lake finishes smoothing a repaired chipped front tooth for Emily Anderson at the free dental clinic "Dental Missions of Mercy" in Bemidji, Minn. on Friday June 14, 2013. Emily's brothers and sisters, Samantha, Nick, Avery and Eli check out her repaired tooth, they each had normal cleaning. The free dental clinic has 193 dentists, 96 dental hygienist, and 165 dental assistants volunteering Friday and Saturday in the Sanford Center's hockey arena floor. (AP Photo/Bemidji Pioneer, Monte Draper)
Gov. Mark Dayton went so far as to proclaim Friday as Minnesota Mission of Mercy Day.
It's the second year for the event. At last year's clinic in Mankato, there were 2,062 people who got free care.
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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