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Mission of Mercy Provides Free Dental Care

One program making its way to Springdale May 16th and 17th and is providing some free dental services to patients who can't afford it.
SPRINGDALE, AR (KNWA) -- For thousands of Arkansans, getting proper dental care, isn't in the budget.

One program making its way to Springdale May 16th and 17th and is providing some free dental services to patients who can't afford it.

Arkansas Mission of Mercy provides free dental care one weekend a year in the natural state.

"This is the second event in Springdale and we're very excited that it's come back," Dr. Dwight Duckworth, dentist and local chair for Arkansas Mission of Mercy said.

Dr. Duckworth said starting Thursday afternoon, folks will start lining up outside the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center waiting for the doors to open Friday morning.

"We're expecting probably a little over 2,000 patients, we're guessing around 2,200 so there's going to be a lot of people in the area," he said.

For many, the event is the one chance a family has to see a dentist.

"The services we're going to provide are removal of infected teeth, we'll also do some fillings on teeth that have big cavities in them, we'll have a pediatric section to take care of the kids," he said.

All services are free to patients and funded by local organizations.

Plus, all the dentists and nurses donate their time.

"We are so blessed in our profession to be able to help people everyday and change people's lives. People come to see us and they're in pain and we're so fortunate to be able to alleviate that and change people's lives. For those when it's just a bit out of reach, when we're able to do this with the Mission of Mercy, it just makes, it makes all the difference."

Volunteers are still needed, click here to register. 

Mission of Mercy begins at 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16th and 17th at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. 
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