ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Missouri Dental Association and Missouri Dental Association Foundation will be hosting the state’s eighth Mission of Mercy clinic at the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph to provide free dental care.
On Aug. 16, more than 700 volunteers including dentists, dental hygienists, lab technicians, physicians, nurses, assistants, students and community members will gather to provide an estimated $1 million in dental services including cleanings, fillings and extractions to approximately 1,000 individuals who might otherwise go without care, the organization said in a press release.
“The need for oral health care is still as significant as ever, even in our eighth year,” said Dr. Tim Curry, 2019 MOMOM co-chair, in a statement. “Our volunteers look forward to serving every year, and we’re so glad to offer this gift of care to our fellow community members who might not otherwise receive these critical services.”
Doors for this year’s clinic open at 7 a.m. Individuals ages 5 and older are welcome. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis until the clinic reaches capacity, which the organization said can happen early in the day. They should expect long wait times and prepare for a full day.
Patients who are available are encouraged to attend an open pre-screening from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, to complete a medical and dental screening to ensure they are healthy enough for treatment and to determine what dental procedures can best meet their needs. Prescreened patients will be able to get direct treatment when the clinic opens on Aug. 16.
For more information on the event, visit www.MOMOM.org.