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Second annual free NC MOM dental clinic coming to HCC campus to serve community

North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NC MOM) will hold its second annual free adult dental clinic at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on March 25-26, 2011. NC MOM is an outreach program of the N.C. Dental Society.


The clinic, sponsored by HCC and the North Carolina Dental Health Fund, is expected to treat approximately 500 patients over a two-day period and will offer primarily dental cleanings, restorations, and extractions. Since all dentists and clinic personnel will be donating their services, there is no charge for any patients. This clinic is for adults only. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no appointments. 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. Patients are encouraged to bring their own snacks/drinks and medications.


This year’s NC MOM clinic will feature a new state-of-the-art mobile X-ray van. The van, made possible by a grant from The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, is equipped with the latest digital X-ray technology that improves diagnostics and speeds the treatment process.


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 full dental clinic including x-ray, sterilization and all instrumentation and supplies. 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. Visit the NC MOM Web site at http://www.ncdental.org/ncds/History1.asp?SnID=174863218 for more information.


To better provide for volunteers, HCC is seeking food, monetary and clinic-related donations. For more details about the HCC clinic or needed donations, call (252) 536-7234.