Missouri Mission of Mercy to provide free dental care
The Missouri Mission of Mercy, a free dental clinic, is scheduled for May 2-3 at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St. Louis University. Mission of Mercy events have been providing free dental services for adults and children nationwide since 2000. This will be the third year the event is hosted in Missouri.
"We would love anyone and everyone to come see what we're doing and help us," said Charles Meyer, a dentist and parishioner at Incarnate Word in Chesterfield. Meyer, who is on the committee organizing the event, said that there is a tremendous need for care.
In 2013, the event took place in Cape Girardeau, and 1,777 patients were treated. The need for care was too great last year and due to time constraints, around 300 patients could not be treated. The event provided about $1 million in free care by 125 dentists working with 850 volunteers, according to Meyer.
The Missouri Mission of Mercy offers cleanings, fillings and extractions. Due to the nature of the event, they will not be providing crowns, bridges or dentures. The clinic opens at 5:30 a.m. It is recommended to expect to spend around 6-8 hours at the clinic. The clinic is first come, first serve until the event closes at 5 p.m.
The event is a project of the MDA Foundation, the nonprofit charitable partner of the Missouri Dental Association. The foundation works to create better oral health for Missourians. Donations are still being accepted to help cover the cost of the two-day program. Volunteers are needed, including dental professionals and people not involved in dentistry.
More information about the event and volunteer and donation opportunities can be found at www.momom.org
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