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Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy Holding Free Dental Health Clinic

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SALISBURY, Md.- An adult dental clinic kicks off Friday in Wicomico County, Md.

The Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy is a two-day dental clinic organized by members of the Eastern Shore Dental Society.

The free adult dental clinic, held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury, will provide dental care to approximately 2,000 adults.

During the event, people can receive free dental cleanings, simple extractions, and fillings.

More than 1,400 volunteers are needed to make this event possible. The dental clinic is staffed by licensed dentists and hygienists from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, along with a host of other volunteers who perform additional medical duties and deliver clinic and patient support.

It's an event, Dr. Rowland Holsinger, lead clinical dentist at Mission of Mercy, says is desperately needed on the Eastern Shore.

"This area, the first time we probably turned 2,000 patients away, this is a community that really needs this. The people we see here generally don't see any dentist, anywhere, so we can provide help for people that their next step would be an emergency room," said Holsinger.

The treatment will be provided by volunteer, board-registered dental and medical professionals.

Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, and they will be treated for their most pressing dental needs. 

New this year, no one under the age of 18 can be treated or present in the building.

For people who don't speak English volunteer interpreters will be on sight, readily available to help in 14 languages.

Some of those languages include Spanish, Creole, French, Farsi, and American Sign Language.

Mission of Mercy will take place Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 


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