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ADA MOM event seeks volunteers

New Orleans—Annual Session-goers who volunteer for the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic event on Nov. 3 can create a thousand Big Easy smiles in New Orleans.

The MOM event hopes to treat 1,000 patients between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in a temporary 100-chair clinic near the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The ADA is hosting the event in conjunction with the America's Dentists Care Foundation with support from the Louisiana Dental Association and the New Orleans Dental Association.

Dentists, dental team members, dental and dental team students, office staff, families and friends (age 18 and older) who will be in New Orleans for the Annual Session Oct. 31-Nov. 3 are encouraged to volunteer.

MOM volunteers serve in a multitude of roles during a typical event. Roughly half of the 800 or so volunteers are dental professionals who provide triage services, radiology, diagnostics and treatment, including restorative and specialty care. Other volunteers—students, laboratory technicians and front office specialists—also help the massive MOM clinics run smoothly. About 200 nonclinical volunteers cover support services from registration, patient greeting and escorting, conducting exit interviews, site set-up and teardown, parking attendants and many more roles.

Dental professionals are welcome to share information with potential volunteers but are asked to not post or share it in any public forum. The ADA MOM team will be working closely with local representatives to get the word out to patients in need just prior to the event. In the meantime, organizers do not want any patients putting off needed emergency care while trying to wait for the MOM event, and want to minimize the chance of having to turn away local residents in need because the clinic has exceeded its capacity to deliver care.

More information is available at ADA.org/MOM.