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FREE DENTISTRY: Dozens Line Up Overnight

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Dozens of dentists will be performing free dental care at the state fairgrounds, Friday and their patients have already patients started lining up.

More than a hundred people waited outside Thursday night for the 7th annual Mission of Mercy. It opens at 5:30 a.m.

The line continues to grow outside the Varied Industries Building with organizers expecting to treat 1,000 patients or more in the next two days.

Elden Thompson has been waiting since early Thursday morning to get inside. He says he can’t afford dental insurance and that’s why this program is a life-changer.

“With our income and with all our living expenses it seem like dental care is outside our mind but when there is a problem it is a big problem so here they’ll take care of you and get everything done,” Thompson said.

“The doors will open here at 5:30 so might get to see the sun but when we do get out we’ll see the sun and will be in much better shape than when we came in.”

Dentists are offering everything from cleanings, to tooth extractions, partials and root canals.

The service is first come, first served so those attending should expect to wait in line and dress warmly.

The Kaiser Family Foundation says that for every adult without health insurance, an estimated three lack dental insurance.

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