Winston-Salem free dental clinic to welcome those in need this weekend

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Cleanings, fillings and extractions are the free dental services people can receive on Friday and Saturday in the Triad.

The NC Missions of Mercy program, which is a part of the North Carolina Dental Society, is offering a free adult clinic at the Coliseum Annex building at the fairgrounds in Winston Salem.

The 2-day clinic will start services at 6 a.m.

Organizers plan to pass out 1,000 appointment tickets, but say having a ticket does not guarantee you service. It is first come, first serve, but workers hope to guarantee all the appointments that are scheduled.

Organizers started passing out appointment tickets Thursday at 3 p.m. The line to receive those tickets was wrapped around the Coliseum Annex building several hours leading up to the ticket giveaways.

This is the second year this program has been held in Winston-Salem. Last year, more than 800 people were served.

Sponsors for this event include Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Reynolds American Foundation, Winston Salem Foundation, North Carolina 2nd District Dental Society and Forsyth County Dental Society.

About 300 dentists and dental professionals, as well as 500 community volunteers, will participate.