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NCDS Foundation

NCDSF Missions of Mercy (MOM)

More clinic dates to be announced for 2019.

Patients are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at ​6:00 am each morning. As you can imagine, because these services are free, patients begin lining up hours ahead of time. Dental procedures offered include: cleanings, fillings, pulling teeth and partial dentures for front teeth (at most clinics, unless our website denotes they will not be provided). Patients receive a health screening, x-rays and examination by a licensed dentist when they first enter each clinic. The dentist discusses the treatment needs and a decision is made about what dental services can be provided. Learn more detailed information about services offered. Should you have additional questions about this program/clinics, please call 919-​234-4037. Interested volunteers can sign up here.

If you would like information about other clinics in your area, find your local Safety Net Dental ClinicBe sure ​to ask these organizations if they know of other opportunities in your area. They will know this information before we do. 

The ECU School of Dental Medicine has eight Community Service Learning Centers across ​the state. ​Identify the location closest to you and contact that office directly to see how they can help. 

UNC School of Dentistry's clinic requires you to fill out an online application in order to see if ​you qualify for treatment. Meanwhile, UNC's Oral Health Program is ​accepting new patients. If you or someone you know is pregnant and hasn't seen a dentist, inquire about the program via email Montserrat_Tellez@unc.edu or phone (919) 537-3997​.

More About the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Missions of Mercy

The North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Missions of Mercy (MOM) portable free dental clinics are an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. The mission of the NCDS Foundation is dedicated solely to the oral health of North Carolina.

NCDSF MOM is a volunteer grassroots effort, and receives funding from grants and donations. Since its beginning in 2003 the program has received national and statewide recognition. The program offers free dental treatment to those in financial need who have few or no other options for care.

Currently, NCDSF MOM has enough equipment to set up an 80-chair full dental clinic including digital x-ray, sterilization, and all instrumentation and supplies. Services are provided for 300 to 3,000 patients, depending on the number of chairs set up, per two-day event. The clinics are staffed by volunteers including dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and scores of volunteers from across the state. Additionally, the program enjoys a good relationship with the UNC School of Dentistry and ECU School of Dental Medicine through their student volunteer organizations.  Dental students participate as volunteer providers during each clinic and are an important part of the overall program.

Performance at a Glance Since its Founding in 2003

2-day Clinics: More than 200
Patients Served Overall: More than 66,400 Carolinians
Patients Served Per Event: Between 300 to 3,000
Value of donated service: ​More than $35 million
Dedicated Equipment: 80 Dental chairs
Digital X-ray machines
Sterilization equipment
All required instruments and supplies

We are 100% supported by the Good Will of North Carolinians, foundations and corporations. You can help us reach even more Carolinians by volunteering or donating.

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