Free dental clinic in East Lyme offers hope to those held back

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EAST LYME - Hundreds of people unable to afford dental care were able to take part in a free dental clinic Sunday morning at East Lyme High School.

Adults and children were welcome, but it was on a first come, first serve basis.

The clinic was sponsored by the Connecticut Mini Mission of Mercy and many thankful participants left with huge, bright smiles.

More than 400 people - adults and children - filtered in and out of 30 chairs Sunday.

Almost 600 volunteers from all over the state, and other states, donated their services and time.

Bob Schreibman, a retired pediatric dentist and founder of the clinic, said a visit can be "life-changing" for a patient.

"It really means a lot if somebody`s smile is given back to them and they`re made happy," he said. "Some of them can go out and get a job and do other things that were holding them back."

Michelle Smith of New London saw a flyer and headed to the clinic for new fillings since she doesn`t have dental insurance.

"I mean, you come in, don`t have to wait," she said. "People - volunteers and doctors - they`re absolutely wonderful.

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