Do Good: Mission of Mercy - Helping Thousands in Need Photography and article by Kyle Patton, associate editor, Dentaltown magazine

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Arizona fairgrounds-turned-dental clinic treats 1,800 patients for free


Photography and article by Kyle Patton, associate editor, Dentaltown magazine


Over the span of two days in early December, more than 1,800 patients were treated at the seventh annual Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation’s (CADSF) Mission of Mercy. More than 1,000 volunteers—including 278 dentists, 429 dental assistants and 192 hygienists—provided $1.9 million in free dental care in a temporary facility set up inside the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum arena on the Arizona State Fairgrounds campus in west-central Phoenix.

Outside the Coliseum, hundreds of patients camped out, some for days, in order to secure a spot in line. Treatments included everything from same-day dentures and crowns to oral surgeries, fillings, extractions, pediatric care and cleanings. The charitable event was made possible by the generosity of volunteers and donors. Volunteers traveled to Phoenix from throughout Arizona and from across the country to contribute their time and expertise to help patients. Donations from numerous foundations and individuals, including BHHS Legacy Foundation, the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, The Board of Visitors, Delta Dental Foundation of Arizona, and Thunderbirds Charities provided critical funding for equipment, supplies, and staff coordination.


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To donate, volunteer or learn more about the Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy, including its upcoming event in Flagstaff, Arizona, from June 7–8, visit azmom.org.


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