By Arielle Levin Becker Friday, June 7, 2013
Bridgeport – Beth Carter was in pain from the oral surgery. She’d spent the past night outside. She was on the verge of crying from the pain, except she couldn’t stop praising what she’d just gotten: her first dental care in nearly a decade.
“I’ve been preparing for this day for a whole year,” said Carter, 55, the first patient at this year’s Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic. She arrived to wait in line at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, 19½ hours before the clinic was scheduled to open.