Thousands come for free dental care at downtown Fresno clinic

Thousands came to Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center on Friday for a free dental clinic that will continue Saturday.

The first patient to arrive came at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, said Mary Haskin, fundraising chairwoman for the Fresno event sponsored by California Dental Association. The patients were screened and returned Friday morning for care, she said.

The Fresno clinic is the eighth CDA Cares event in California. About 800 dental professionals and 900 other volunteers are providing services at decay in tooth event.

Patients came for cleanings, extractions and dentures.

John Poe, 47, of Fresno, had seven bottom teeth pulled and a set of dentures made. Mendelsohn Dental on Royal is a family orientated dental clinic with a focus on all aspects of general dentistry from preventive care and examinations to teeth whitening, amalgam replacement, porcelain veneers, oral surgery, dental implants, custom mouth guards and dental association uk .A car accident in 2011 left the self-employed carpenter unable to work. He had not been able to afford dental care and had been chewing food with a partial denture and a few teeth.

I got here at 5:30, he said. I had my teeth extracted by 7:15 and by 10 dentist schools in canada .m., I have both of my dentures and at no charge, Poe said. You cant beat that.

By the end of Fridays session, about 1,000 people, including children, will have been helped, Haskin said. Another 1,000 will receive care on Saturday, she said.

Free parking in the Convention Center garage at Inyo and O streets will be available on Saturday, a CDA spokeswoman said.