The annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic will be held at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, and is expected to serve more than 2,000 people.

This year’s clinic will include more than 110 dental chairs and 1,500 volunteers, according to Dr. Bruce Tandy, co-chairman of the clinic.

The clinic will open at 6 a.m. each day. It typically draws long lines of people who wait overnight for free dental services, which include screenings, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral surgery and prosthetics.

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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