Over 800 volunteers from all over Minnesota and North Dakota were used to staff the two-day event and included dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental therapists, translators and hundreds of community volunteers who served as greeters, registration assistants, and patient ambassadors. In addition to the two clinic days, volunteers also donated countless hours to setting up and tearing down the massive dental clinic at Concordia.
Mission of Mercy events focus on providing dental care to underserved populations that face barriers to obtaining dental care, many suffering from long-term pain and even infection from untreated dental disease. "This year's event in Moorhead had long and steady lines of people each day, clearly showing that there are still thousands of people who cannot obtain the dental care they need," stated Dr. Peter Cannon, a practicing dentist and president of the Minnesota Dental Association. "It is unfortunate that events like this need to occur, but until a long-term solution can be found, dental professionals will continue to work together to ensure access to dental care to those most in need."
The Minnesota Dental Foundation raised over $220,000 in donations to cover the cost of the event.
The Minnesota Dental Association is the voice of dentistry in Minnesota, representing practicing dentists. It is committed to the highest standards of oral health and access to care for all Minnesotans. Learn more at: www.mndental.org
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SOURCE Minnesota Dental Association