More than 1,200 volunteers from 206 communities to provide free dental care

WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 16, 2014 – More than 1,200 volunteers from 206 Wisconsin communities will be in Green Bay on June 27 – 28 to provide $1 million in free dental care to an estimated 2,000 children and adults during the sixth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy.

Cleanings, fillings, extractions, partial dentures and basic oral health and dietary instruction will be provided by 217 volunteer dentists, 138 dental hygienists, dental assistants, 143 Marquette University School of Dentistry students and hundreds of other community helpers. Volunteer Spanish, Hmong and American Sign Language translators will also be available.

The 2014 WDA Mission of Mercy will be held at the KI Center, 333 Main St. Doors to this large-scale, charitable, dental clinic open at 5:30 a.m. both days. Individuals seeking dental care should look for the “Patient Entrance” sign near the door immediately west of the Hyatt hotel on Main Street.

There are no appointments. Care is provided on a first-come, first-served basis to about 1,000 patients daily. Early arrival is encouraged, because available patient slots typically fill by 10 a.m.

Individuals of all ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There is no photo identification, Social Security number or other personal documentation required. Note medically-compromising conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure or severe disabilities may prohibit an individual from receiving care.

Major financial and in-kind support is provided by Cornerstone Foundation, Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund, Henry Schein Dental and Walmart Foundation. Delta Dental, Henry Schein and Kwik Trip have supported all six WDA MOM programs.

More than 50 organizations and individuals have made tax-deductible financial and in-kind donations to help cover $183,000 in costs for equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food for this major charitable dental care event which includes one day each for set up and clean up.

WDA dentists and other MOM volunteers donate $6 – $8 in care for every dollar received. More than 11,300 children and adults have received $5.8 million in care at WDA Missions of Mercy since 2009.

“Our WDA Mission of Mercy is just one of many grassroots efforts taking place across the country to reduce barriers to dental health. However, the dental community simply can’t solve this problem on its own,” WDA Mission of Mercy Local Committee Chair Dr. Zachary Graf, a general dentist in Green Bay, said.

“The WDA supports the American Dental Association’s Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference. We’re working to deliver care now to people suffering with dental disease, strengthen and enhance the public/private safety net and bring dental health education and disease prevention into underserved communities,” Graf added.