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Free NC MOM dental clinic coming to HCC campus to serve community


WELDON North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NC MOM) will hold a free adult dental clinic at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on Feb. 19-20, 2010. NC MOM is an affiliate program of the N.C. Dental Society.


The clinic, sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Society, is expected to treat approximately 500 patients over a two-day period and will offer primarily dental cleanings, restorations, and extractions. Partial and denture repairs will also be made. Since all dentists and clinic personnel will be donating their services, there is no charge for any patients. This clinic is for adults only. Treatment will be provided continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Registration begins at 6 a.m. each day. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no appointments.


The goals of NC MOM are to provide free dental care to as many needy persons within North Carolina as possible and to involve as much of the dental community of the state in the treatment of the needy as possible. Currently, NC MOM has enough equipment to set up a 45-chair full dental clinic including x-ray, sterilization and all instrumentation and supplies. For each clinic, there are generally set up 20-45 chairs on which services are provided for 300-600 or more needy people for the event. Volunteers are dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and scores of general volunteers from all areas of the state.


Anyone whose family income does not exceed 200 percent of the National Poverty Guidelines is eligible for free treatment. Proof of income is required and may include a pay stub, utility bill, employer note, or evidence of unemployment. In the case where no documented evidence of income is available, an oral interview at registration will be used to determine eligibility.


NC MOM is entirely a grassroots effort, dependent on an all volunteer staff, members of which donate their time and talents with funding from grants and donations. Since its beginning in 2003, the program has received national and statewide recognition.


For more information, call (252) 536-7239 or read NC MOM's FAQs