The Mission of Mercy dental clinic returns to UVA-Wise’s Convocation Center July 22-23 to provide free oral care for the first time since the pandemic began, according to a release from the Virginia Dental Association.

Services will be offered through Mission of Mercy (MOM), a program of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation that addresses oral health needs in underserved communities and areas throughout the state by providing preventative, restorative and surgical dental care. The MOM program was created in 2000 by Dr. Terry Dickinson and 31 states have now implemented similar models.

Dental clinic hours will take place on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Patients are encouraged to arrive early. Pre-registration begins on Thursday, July 21 at 12 noon. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and to bring food and drink for the day. However, no overnight parking on the UVa-Wise campus will be allowed.

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation has provided dental services to patients seeking care in the Wise County area through the MOM program since 2000. Over the past 22 years, Mission of Mercy has served more than 24,000 patients and provided over $21.1 million in free dental care in Wise County.

All volunteers and patients will be tested for COVID prior to entering UVA Wise’s Convocation Center.

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation expects more than 300 dentists, dental professionals and support volunteers from the Virginia Dental Association, VCU School of Dentistry and the community to participate in the two-day event.

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation has focused on Mission of Mercy as an important tool for addressing the need for access to free oral health care. The program has provided dental procedures for more than 69,000 low-income individuals since its inception.

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