More than 2,200 expected for free dental clinic

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 2,200 people who would normally not have access to a dentist are expected to receive free dental work over the next two days a clinic being set up inside Hartford's XL Center.

Patients began lining up Thursday morning for the clinic, which will run from 6 a.m. Friday through Saturday evening.

It's the seventh annual clinic put on by the Connecticut Mission of Mercy, but the first to be held in the capital city.

About 1,600 volunteers, including more than 250 dentists are volunteering their time.

Dr. Bruce Tandy with the Connecticut Mission of Mercy says there are thousands of people in Connecticut who don't qualify for Medicaid, but still can't afford dental services.

He says he hopes the clinic brings the problem to the attention of lawmakers.

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