“The painful truth about teeth | You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor” – The Washington Post

teeth divideAn event center floor becomes a makeshift dental surgery area during the Mission of Mercy clinic in Salisbury on March 10. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

“SALISBURY, Md. — Two hours before sunrise, Dee Matello joined the line outside the Wicomico Civic Center, where hundreds of people in hoodies, heavy coats and wool blankets braced against a bitter wind.

“Inside, reclining dental chairs were arrayed in neat rows across the arena’s vast floor. Days later, the venue would host Disney on Ice. On this Friday morning, dentists arriving from five states were getting ready to fix the teeth of the first 1,000 people in line.

“Matello was No. 503. The small-business owner who supports President Trump had a cracked molar, no dental insurance and a nagging soreness that had forced her to chew on the right side of her mouth for years.

“‘It’s always bothering me,’ she said.”

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