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August 17, 2012

First day of free dental clinic puts smiles on lots of faces

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MANKATO —

Getting help, though, for people such as Pierce is the kind of thing that makes the Mission of Mercy program so valuable.

“I guess I get a charge out it,” he said.

After getting her dental work done, Trina Bruckoff of Minnesota Lake stood in the women’s bathroom staring into the mirror, smiling. Just smiling.

For several years she’d dealt with the shame of hiding her smile.

“I had really bad teeth. All these were black,” she said, pointing to her front teeth.

Not anymore.

“I can’t even describe it,” she said. “It means a lot.”

And as she wept, the grin on her face grew even wider.

 

The dental clinic is open from 5:30 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Saturday.

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