This year’s Connecticut Mission of Mercy, the annual free dental clinic that draws thousands of state residents seeking oral health care, will be held March 23 and 24 in Danbury.
The clinic will begin at 6 a.m. each day and will be held at the O’Neill Center at Western Connecticut State University’s West Side Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension. Care will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Mission of Mercy dental clinics, now held in more than a dozen states, are intended to provide care to people who need it and to raise awareness of the need for better access to dental care. Many more adults lack dental insurance than health insurance, and even some with coverage struggle to pay for the care they need. Medicare does not provide dental coverage, while Medicaid in Connecticut pays dentists low rates for caring for adults, making it hard for many to find dentists to treat them.
The clinics are staffed by volunteer dentists, hygienists and others who typically work for 12 hours or more each day. Dr. Robert Schreibman, a Glastonbury pediatric dentist who co-chairs the Mission of Mercy, said this year’s event is expected to draw 1,600 volunteers and have more than 100 dental chairs.
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