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Dentists Treat the Underserved at Oregon Mission of Mercy

July 22, 2014

Nearly 1,000 volunteers – including more than 160 dentists – recently participated in the fifth annual Oregon Mission of Mercy, a two-day event that provided free care to people in need.

Volunteers provided cleanings, fillings, extractions, x-rays and a limited number of partial dentures on a first-come, first-served basis at the event, which was held July 11-12 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

The college’s gym was filled with portable dental stations, where an estimated 1,255 patients received more than $730,000 in donated care.

The Missions of Mercy concept started in Virginia and has spread throughout the United States. Since 2000, Missions of Mercy have served more than 143,000 people in 28 states across the country, providing about $90 million in free services.

Oregon’s next Mission of Mercy will be held in November 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.