WDA Mission of Mercy bringing free dental care to Green Bay

WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 3, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation will bring the sixth WDA Mission of Mercy to Green Bay on June 27 and 28 to provide free dental care to children and adults who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office.

The doors to the KI Center, 333 Main St., will 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. Early arrival is encouraged, because available patient slots are typically filled by 10 a.m.

About 1,000 patients will be seen each day on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments.

Individuals of all ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Interpreters will be available to assist patients who speak Spanish, Hmong or American Sign Language.

No photo identification, Social Security number or other personal ID/documentation required. However, medically-compromising conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure or severe disabilities, may prohibit an individual from receiving care.

An estimated $1 million in cleanings, fillings, extractions, limited treatment partials and personal oral hygiene education will be provided through 2,000 or more patient encounters. The free care will be delivered by more than 1,000 volunteers, including dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, Marquette University School of Dentistry students and community members.

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 some $5.8 million in care at WDA Missions of Mercy since 2009.

“Time and again, research shows oral health is critical to overall health. Our state benefits economically and socially when residents have proper dental care,” said WDA President Dr. Julio Rodriguez of Brodhead, Wisconsin.

“Mission of Mercy is only one example of how dentists serve their communities and meet some individuals’ urgent dental needs. However, charity is not the answer. We look forward to working with lawmakers on positive, viable and bipartisan ‘Healthy Choices’ solutions,” Rodriguez added.