The NC Dental Society Foundation's Missions of Mercy (MOM) program offers portable free dental clinics conducted over a two-day period, each held in a North Carolina host city. Clinic programs rotate throughout the state each year.
The Foundation's MOM Clinics vary in size - depending on funding and volunteers - and serve anywhere from 300 to 3,000 patients. Clinics may be set up with 25, 40, or 80 dental chairs (one patient to one dentist ratio), and all sizes include digital X-rays, instrument sterilization, and supplies for each patient.
Clinics are staffed by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians, health professionals and general community volunteers from the host city and across the state. The set-up of a MOM Clinic takes place all-day on a Thursday, and the actual clinic runs that Friday - Saturday, from 6 am - 4 pm, both days.
Dentists typically provide one major procedure per patient, such as an extraction or filling. In some clinics, certain patients may be fitted with partial dentures. At all clinics, patients receive education on proper oral hygiene as well as supplies to take home.
Over the years, we have provided nearly $50 million in free dental care to over 250,000 patients. Clinics are dependent on the dedication of volunteer dental professionals as well as community leaders and local partner organizations to ensure their success. To learn more about ways to volunteer, click here. This model of access to care through volunteerism is the hallmark of the Missions of Mercy outreach program.
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