N.C. Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) needs help staging the state’s largest free dental clinic for adults in need Sept. 5-6 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The Charlotte clinic aims to treat 2,500 adults from across the region who are in pain or need dental work but don’t have access to dental care. To achieve this, the clinic needs a variety of dental and medical professionals and event volunteers to help continuously operate nearly 100 dental chairs for 36 straight hours.
With a projected cost of $175,000, NCMOM-Charlotte has been challenged to raise $100,000 by Aug. 1 to win grants totaling $75,000 from three primary sponsors: The Leon Levine Foundation, the Foundation for the Carolinas, and the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation.
“This will be our third time in Charlotte, and our success is entirely due to the generosity of people who give their time and financial support to help people in pain and in need,” said Evan Miller, a Charlotte endodontist and clinic co-chairman. “It’s important for folks to sign up now so we know we can make the most of every clinic hour.”
The clinic needs 900 dental professionals – dentists, assistants, hygienists, lab technicians – to work in shifts, and they will receive continuing education credits for participating. Another 200 medical professionals are needed to provide health please go to www.ncmom-charlotte.com.
At least 500 community volunteers are needed to escort patients, provide translation, set up and break down equipment and assist with other tasks throughout the marathon clinic. Translators who speak Spanish are especially critical.
Patients must be 18 or older and can have teeth cleaned, cavities filled, teeth extracted, root canals and other problems addressed. A limited number of partial dentures will also be provided. Clinic doors open at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at the corner of Brevard and Stonewall streets entrance to the Charlotte Convention Center.
NCMOM-Charlotte is a part of the North Carolina Dental Society’s outreach program but is entirely funded and organized locally by volunteers. The Charlotte clinic accounted for nearly a quarter of the dental services provided statewide by NCMOM in 2011 and 2012, performing dental work valued at $2.3 million for nearly 4,000 patients. The Charlotte clinics are the largest and most comprehensive held in North Carolina.