Greensboro dental clinic reaches capacity shortly after beginning Friday

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Organizers say a free dental clinic for low-income patients at the Greensboro Coliseum quickly reached it's maximum capacity for Friday.  Those seeking treatment Saturday are being asked to return home and line back up starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon. 

Volunteers and licensed dentists are performing cleanings, extractions, fillings and X-rays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and again from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hundreds of people spent Thursday night in the coliseum in anticipation of the clinic, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Mercy Mission.

Around 8:15 a.m. Friday, organizers began telling those still in line that the clinic had reached its capacity for the day. 

Those who are seeking treatment Saturday are being asked to line back up starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon. 


The first-come, first-serve clinic is for adults who are at least 18 years old. There is an income requirement, described as 200% of the national poverty level. (For more information about qualifications and paperwork, visit

Here's the breakdown by family members and max income: 

  1. $22,340
  2. $30,260
  3. $38,180
  4. $46,100
  5. $54,020
  6. $61,940

In the videos below, Nicole Ferguson reports live from the coliseum.

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