Mission of Mercy History

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 its inception, MOM events have helped over 275,000 patients and provided over $190 million in free dental services.

The MDA and Minnesota Dental Foundation Mission of Mercy dental program has provided 50,850 dental procedures worth $6.8 million in donated dental services and treatment through 10,400 patient visits since 2012. Major financial and in-kind support is critical to the success of a Minnesota Mission of Mercy and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is the signature sponsor.


 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

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