Oklahoma Mission of Mercy Celebrates Record Breaking $1.5 Million in Donated Dental Care
February 16, 2015
Oklahoma dentists provided a record-breaking amount of donated dental care to the state’s most underserved people during the sixth annual Mission of Mercy, a two-day free dental clinic held this year in Tulsa.
Missions of Mercy are one- to three-day events at which dentists, dental hygienists, assistants and other volunteers converge in large-scale temporary clinics to provide free services for the nation’s most needy people. Since the program was created in 2000 by Virginia Dental Association Executive Director Dr. Terry Dickinson, Missions of Mercy have served nearly 172,000 patients.
Oklahoma dentists performed more than 12,000 procedures for about 1,600 patients on Feb. 6-7 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, according to the state dental association. The services, which included cleanings, fillings, extractions and anterior root canals, were valued at more than $1.5 million, surpassing last year’s total of $1.3 million.
“We are beyond thrilled about the results of this year’s Oklahoma Mission of Mercy event,” said event Chairman Dr. C. Rieger Wood. “It is truly an honor to provide dental care to Oklahomans in need at no cost to them. The success of the event would not have been possible without the incredible support from the Oklahoma dental community volunteering their time, money and services.”
Priscilla Berryhill was the first patient in line to receive treatment.
The Oklahoma Mission of Mercy occurs in a different city each year. Dentists last year provided care to about 1,500 patients, despite brutal snowstorms that forced about 500 volunteers to cancel plans to participate.
The next Mission of Mercy will take place Feb. 5-6, 2016 in Oklahoma City.