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Action for Dental Health

Minnesota Dentists Provide Care to the Underserved at Mission of Mercy

August 5, 2014

Dentists in Minnesota recently provided treatment for nearly 1,200 patients during the state’s third Mission of Mercy, a two-day event where dentists provide care to people who don’t receive routine dental care.

The Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation hosted the event, which was held at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Dentists there provided more than 6,950 total dental procedures, including 1,066 fillings, 1,145 extractions, 1,195 x-rays, 334 cleanings, 100 partial dentures, and 46 root canals, according to the Minnesota Dental Association.

The care was valued at about $900,000. 

This Mission of Mercy focused on providing dental care to underserved people who face barriers to obtaining dental care, many suffering from long-term pain and even infection from untreated dental disease. 

"This event so clearly shows the large unmet need out there and, until this problem is solved, the MDA will continue to work with lawmakers on a better solution to improving the broken public system," said Dr. Michael Perpich, a practicing dentist and president of the Minnesota Dental Association.

The Minnesota Dental Foundation raised $214,000 in donations to cover the cost of the event. The signature sponsor of the event was Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.