When organizers of a free dental clinic in Cobb put out a call that they would treat 100 people Saturday at offices on Lower Roswell Road, they had no idea that more than 200 people would be in line before 4 a.m.
They joined several hundred seeking the free service as the doors at Marietta Family Dental Care opened at 6 a.m., according to Channel 2 Action News.
The “Dentistry from the Heart” service was provided on a first-come, first-served basis, organizers said.
The loss of a job and the health benefits that go with it and the rising cost of health insurance have made such free services hugely popular.
Saturday’s scene on Lower Roswell Road was reminiscent of the outpouring in April at a Woodstock church.
A two-day dental clinic at First Baptist Church of Woodstock on Hwy. 92 attracted thousands of people who stood in line for hours for the free care provided by the Georgia Dental Association and its Foundation for Oral Health. There were 100 dental chairs set up at the church and more than 1,600 volunteers, including 300 dentists.
While Saturday’s clinic in Cobb was much smaller it was just as anticipated. There were fifteen dentists and more than 60 other volunteer professionals, Channel 2 reported. The dentists started out working on emergency dental cases then moved to filling and other procedures.