Mission of Mercy

Louisiana Mission of Mercy is in critical need of volunteers

Due to recent flooding, the Louisiana Mission of Mercy is facing a potentially significant shortage of volunteers for their event on September 30 – October 1 in New Orleans. Many dentists are preoccupied with flood recovery for themselves or for family and friends. If you or someone you know can travel to Louisiana to provide care, please consider helping out.

Please note that there is a time factor here. The Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) handles everything with the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD) as far as obtaining temporary licensure in Louisiana for out-of-state volunteers. Ordinarily, it can take up to 30 days to process the temporary license application. LSBD staff has assured the LDA that the processing will be expedited in recognition of the unusual circumstances. Out-of-state volunteers will need to register no later than Sept. 22 (i.e., one week prior to LaMOM) to be assured of being licensed in time for the event. (Dentists and hygienists who sign up less than one week prior to LaMOM may still be able to get licensed, but if not, could still work at LaMOM in other areas that don’t involve actual treatment.)

Mission of Mercy History

The very first Mission of Mercy (MOM) was launched in Virginia in 2000, and today MOM events can be found nationwide. The events are focused on helping underserved populations of children and adults receive dental treatment that they, for whatever reason, cannot obtain. A MOM event is successful with the help of hundreds of volunteers – dental and non-dental – coming together with a common vision in mind. Since their inception, MOM events have helped over 200,000 patients and provided over $123 million in free dental services.

The MDA and Minnesota Dental Foundation Mission of Mercy dental program has provided 31,237 dental procedures worth $4,107,315 in donated dental services and treatment through 6,644 patient visits since 2012. Major financial and in-kind support is critical to the success of Mission of Mercy and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is the signature sponsor.

2016 MnMOM Photos

 Program Goals

  • Provide free dental care, especially to patients with dental infections and/or pain.
  • Raise awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children.
  • Bring state policymakers and dental professionals together to improve the oral health of all residents, particularly those low-income patients who have been promised care by the state

Check out the 2015 video below.

Patient Testimonials

This was an amazing experience. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. You could see that everything was so organized, with state-of-the-art equipment.
 Carolyn, Raymond, MN

I am so grateful for this. It’s a once in a lifetime experience! I can SMILE!
Ranel, Mankato, MN

Thank you so much for doing this. We both have had dental issues and no way to fix them. We were worried we would become sick from infection. This event made it possible to fix most of our problems and gave us ideas on how to fix other teeth problems.
 Ben and Elizabeth, Winnebago, MN

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