GIVE HOPE THROUGH A SMILE!

NORTH DAKOTA'S 2ND MISSION OF MERCY IS RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 1-2!
DENTAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The NDDA (North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA) and North Dakota Dental Foundation (NDDF) are leading the next North Dakota Mission of Mercy (MOM) with support from co-hosts Delta Dental of MN and Engelstad Foundation, many generous donors, and hundreds of selfless volunteers. The next event will be held on October 1-2, 2021 at the Bismarck Event Center. MOM events are currently sponsored by over 30 state dental associations and dental foundations to provide care to patients that have difficulty accessing care. The NDDA/NDDF last sponsored a MOM in 2018 and over 900 patients received care. The 2020 event in Bismarck was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. 

A 40-chair clinic will be set up on the floor of the Bismarck Event Center. Patients will be seen first-come first-serve from 5:30 AM to 5:00 PM both days. 200 dental professionals and 200 lay volunteers will be needed to provide care to those with barriers to dental care. Extractions, fillings, some root canals, and replacement of missing front teeth will be provided. There are 2 shifts of volunteer jobs each day and there are many types of clinical and non-clinical jobs needed. Clinical areas include Restorative Dentistry, Endo, Oral Surgery, Prostho, and Pediatric Dentistry. We especially need volunteers on Saturday!  General and professional liability insurance is being provided for ALL volunteers. The ND MOM planning committee has worked closely with national, state, and local health experts to safely provide care for patients and volunteers, using the most current health guidelines.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our donors and volunteers.  Many dental professionals have discovered that donating their skills to dental patients in urgent need is one of their most rewarding charitable experiences and being able to use those skills as part of a team with your colleagues makes that experience even more special!

Why volunteer? Have questions?  Please check out ndmom.org where you will find "Frequently Asked Questions”, a video summary of the 2018 Mission of Mercy, and a link to online registration.  If you are looking to work a particular shift or in a particular clinical area, please register as soon as possible so you’re not disappointed! Volunteer registration is now open!  Your profession and North Dakota patients need you!

Thank you for your help in supporting this life-changing event! Together, we can give hope through a smile!

Brent L Holman DDS
Chair, ND Mission of Mercy
North Dakota Dental Association
ndmom@smilenorthdakota.org

Mike Little
Executive Director
North Dakota Dental Foundation
mike@nddental.org

VOLUNTEER DENTAL PROFESSIONALS TO PROVIDE DONATED DENTAL CARE TO PATIENTS IN NEED MAY 1-2, 2020 IN BISMARCK!

The North Dakota Dental Association and the North Dakota Dental Foundation are excited to announce the second North Dakota Mission of Mercy will be held May 1-2, 2020 in Bismarck. The goal of this community event is to provide treatment for patients that have barriers to oral health care. Doors will open at 5:30 am each day and early arrival is encouraged.

A 50-chair portable dental clinic will transform the floor of the Bismarck Event Center for this event. It’s estimated that 900 dental patients from a wide geographic area will receive free dental care over the 2 days. The clinic will be staffed by nearly 600 volunteers to include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, lab techs, translators, and lay volunteers. Free dental care being provided includes cleanings, fillings, extractions, limited treatment for partial dental appliances, and some root canals in front teeth. Volunteer registration will open in February 2020.

Adults and children of all ages who are in reasonably good health, qualify and will be welcome until treatment capacity is reached each day. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be no photo identification, social security number or any other personal documentation required. There is no advanced registration and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis each day. The clinics will run from 5:30 AM-5:00 PM each day.

Please join us in making a difference as we promote oral health for North Dakota residents! Volunteers, as well as cash/in-kind donations, are needed for this community-wide project.

Need more info about volunteering? Visit MOM Volunteer Orientation Video. You can help now by making a generous contribution!

For more information about volunteering, or to mail a contribution, check out ndmom.org.

2018 ND MISSION OF MERCY IN BISMARCK

On September 28-29, 2018, the North Dakota Dental Association and North Dakota Dental Foundation sponsored a dental “Mission of Mercy” at the Bismarck Event Center.  570 volunteers (110 dentists, 48 hygienists, 105 assistants, and 4 lab techs) were supported by 120 cash and in-kind donors to provide urgently needed care, valued at $565,000, to 916 low-income patients. Thank you to the many supporters that made the event a success! See how the smiles of volunteers and patients were created at 2018 Bismarck Mission of Mercy.

ND MOM Final Report
ND MOM Committee & Clinical Leaders
ND MOM Donor List
ND MOM Patient Demographic Report

2016 ND/MN MISSION OF MERCY IN FARGO-MOORHEAD

On July 22-23, 2016, the North Dakota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association, and their respective Foundations, partnered to provide urgently-needed care to 1,173 unique patients with 1,391 total patient encounters at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Treatment valued at almost $1,000,000 was provided.  40% of the patients were from North Dakota. Of the 841 compassionate volunteers, there were 169 dentists, 77 hygienists, and 115 dental assistants. Fifty of the volunteer dentists were from North Dakota.  See the video highlights here: 2016 MN/ND Mission of Mercy Video.

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