WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 17, 2016 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation will bring the eighth WDA Mission of Mercy to the Menards Conference Center, 5150 Old Mill Plaza, in Eau Claire on June 17 and 18 to provide free dental care to children and adults who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office.

Doors open at 5:30 a.m. both days. Individuals seeking dental care should line up  at the back entrance marked “Patient Entrance” located at the front corner of the building. Early arrival is encouraged, because available patient slots are typically filled by 10 a.m.

Approximately 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. Spanish, Hmong and American Sign Language interpreters will be available to assist patients.

No photo identification, Social Security number or other personal identification or 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.

“Our main goal is to relieve pain and restore smiles for children and adults that face barriers to accessing dental care,” WDA President-Elect Dr. Ned Murphy, a general dentist with a practice in Racine , said. “WDA Mission of Mercy is just one example of how dentists serve their communities and help make a difference through charitable dental care throughout the year.”

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 Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable FundHenry Schein Dental, DentaQuest, Dental Health Products, Inc. and West Bend Community Foundation’s West Bend Mutual Independent Agents’ Fund.

Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund, Dr. Tim and Mrs. Sue Durtsche, Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath/First Supply LLC, Henry Schein Dental, Kwik Trip and Professional Insurance Programs – a division of WDA Insurance and Services Corp., have supported all eight WDA MOM programs.

More than 66 organizations and individuals have made tax-deductible financial and in-kind donations to help cover $210,000 in costs for equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food for this major charitable dental care event which includes one day each for setup and cleanup.

WDA dentists and other MOM volunteers donate $6 – $8 in care for every dollar received. More than 14,300 children and adults have received in excess of $8.12 million in donated care at WDA Mission of Mercy events since 2009.

Visit the WDA Foundation donor page to help provide financial support to MOM and other charitable care and oral hygiene education outreach efforts.

“Research shows good dental health is critical to overall well-being. As dental professionals, we want to work with elected officials and policymakers find real solutions so all Wisconsin residents can receive affordable, preventive dental care regardless if they have dental insurance or not,” Murphy added.

multi-language patient flyer and answers to frequently asked patient questions can be found on WDA.org in the Mission of Mercy section under the WDA Foundation tab.

Please note: Patients should not wait for the WDA Mission of Mercy to seek care for dental pain, as this could signal a serious condition.