Hundreds make their way to Salisbury to get free dental care service


SALISBURY, Md. – In just two days, volunteers with the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy are looking to change the lives of more than 1,200 people. Offering free dental services to anyone who needs it making sure each and every person leaves with a million dollar smile.

“You feel as good as you look. With a beautiful smile and a pretty smile, it just adds to the way that you feel about yourself,” said one patient, Troy Elzey.

Hundreds of residents across Delmarva lined up outside of the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center. Where thousands of volunteers were waiting to brighten up their lives and their smiles with free dental care services for patients like William Dawson.

“We’re doing our pre-smile I guess you can say now, and then we’re going to get our bright smile back,” he said.

Put on by the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy, the organization provides critical dental services like extractions, filling, and cleanings for patients. Services that some can’t afford.

“So few people have access to dental care, it’s very expensive as we know,” said co lead for the mission of mercy, Wendy Waller.

And it was an opportunity people just couldn’t pass up. Many waiting in line since 1 o’clock in the morning to get the care they so desperately needed.

“Some people are ashamed of their smiles, these people are cleaning them, taking out the ones that need to be taken out. I’m going to get my smile back,” said Dawson.

Doctors say because dental care costs can be so expensive, many people put their dental health on the back burner. Which can be a huge risk to your overall health.

“We know there’s been some ties to some cardiovascular problems. Now there’s even talks about cancer, having involvement too,” said dental co lead for the mission of mercy, Ara Stanton.

Which is why Mission of Mercy so graciously donates their time, efforts, and skills to make sure each and every person on the eastern shore gets the help they need.

“We’re trying to alleviate the pain and suffering. So to see somebody walk out and have a smile on their face and say thank you it just changes the world,” said

President of the Maryland State Dental Association, Dr. Greg Allen.

If you weren’t able to make it over to the civic center Friday for the event you’re in luck. Organizers tell us they will open again tomorrow morning around 6 AM for people to have another opportunity to take advantage of these services. As a reminder you must be at least 18 years or older to participate, and it’s first come first serve.


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