ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Dentists offered up their services free of charge Saturday at a clinic in Rockingham County.
It was the latest stop for the N.C. Missions of Mercy portable free dental program. The program has been criss-crossing the state since 2010, providing treatment to nearly 15,000 people who can't afford dental care. When doors opened at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Reidsville Christian Church, patients were already lined up.
Without clinics such as the one on Saturday, many of those people would never see a dentist.
"I wouldn't be able to get the dental work done, I have no dental insurance and my income would not allow me to get the dental work done," said patient Jeanacy Cappelletti.
The dentists who participated and understanding of everyone participating in the program and happy to help out.
"We know that in NC alone there are over 1 million Medicaid eligible adults that don't see dentists on a regular basis, and a lot of those individuals have dental problems that go untreated," said dentist Dr. Scott Vines.
The North Carolina Missions of Mercy holds 12 free clinics a year throughout the Tar Heel State.