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Pennsylvania Dentists Provide Care to More than 2,000 People at Mission of Mercy

September 23, 2014

Dentists participating in Pennsylvania’s second annual Mission of Mercy provided care to more people during this year’s event due to an increased number of volunteers.

Missions of Mercy are one- and two-day events at which dentists converge in large-scale, temporary clinics to provide free services for the nation’s most underserved people. Dentists at Pennsylvania’s event – called MOM-n-PA – provided care to more than 2,000 people Sept. 12-13 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, according to Dr. Gary Davis, who chaired the event.

Pennsylvania dentists provided treatment valued at just over $1 million this year, compared to about $850,000 in free dental services last year, he noted. Dentists last year provided care to about 1,800 people.

“This year we were able to treat more people and provide more in donated services because we had more volunteers, and we were able to provide more partial dentures this year because we had more lab technicians,” said Dr. Davis. 

The clinic opened at 5 a.m. Friday, with lines formed as early as 9 p.m. Thursday night. This year 1,020 people volunteered for the event, including more than 200 dentists. 

“Many of the volunteers are eager to participate in next year’s event,” said Dr. Davis. “They say it’s one of the most rewarding parts of dentistry to be able to provide care for these people who so desperately need it.”

Next year’s event will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.