Two-day event will provide free dental care for hundreds of local residents
Cape Fear Community College is pleased to host the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Dental Clinic in downtown Wilmington for the second year in a row.
Scheduled for April 26 and 27 in the Schwartz Center, this two-day event will provide hundreds of economically disadvantaged residents access to essential dental services for free.
The North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) portable free dental program is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. The program is sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Health Fund, which provides free dental services to those in financial need with few or no other options.
Dental services include fillings, extractions, dental cleanings, and a limited number of front-tooth partial dentures.
Currently, NCMOM has enough equipment to set up an 80 chair full dental clinic including digital x-ray, sterilization, and all instrumentation and supplies. Clinics are generally set up with 20 to 80 chairs and services are provided for 300 to 1000 patients over a period of two days.
Volunteers include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and scores of professional and general volunteers from across the state. Additionally, the program enjoys a good relationship with CFCC’s dental department, the UNC School of Dentistry and ECU School of Dental Medicine through their student volunteer organizations. Dental students participate as volunteer providers during each clinic and are an important part of the overall program.
Since it’s founding in 2003, the North Carolina Missions of Mercy program has held nearyl 100 two-day clinics across North Carolina from Murphy to Kill Devil Hills. Over the years the program has continued to grow and the number of patients served is increasing yearly statewide. Since it’s founding in 2003 through the end of 2012 the program has provided more than 14.5 million dollars in free dental care to over 37,000 Carolinians.
The hours of the clinic are 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. on April 26 and 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. on April 27. Patients will be treated in order of their arrival. Qualified patients should have a family income of 200% or below the Federal Poverty Index.