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Free Dental Clinic In Davenport, Iowa

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One in six Iowans can't afford to go to the dentist. In turn, they are not getting the oral care they need. That's why hundreds of people were lined up outside of the River Center in Davenport, Iowa Friday morning. Some people arriving as early as 2:00 Thursday afternoon to get free dental work.

Iowa Mission of Mercy is hosting their 5th annual free dental clinic in Iowa, but this is the first time ever in the Quad Cities. The clinic will be staffed with hundreds of volunteers from throughout the state of Iowa, including dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

Many face barriers to quality oral health care. Even if patients have dental insurance, some don't cover services beyond an annual cleaning.

Local dentists say this is one of the most rewarding things that they can ever do.

"We're able to use our gifts and talents to help people that aren't getting help otherwise, we don't have any of the hassles of insurance and billing it's just us the patients and their needs." says local dentist, Dr. Kyle Gagliardo.

The clinic will operate from 6:00 a.m. to about 5:00 p.m., but organizers say every year they reach their carrying capacity for the day fairly early in the morning. A lot of times they have to tell people in line after about 10:00 a.m. that they've reached their capacity for the day.