HCC campus hosts second annual NC
MOM Dental Clinic
More than 400 served during event
North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NC MOM)
held a 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. This was the
second year that HCC hosted the event.
The clinic, sponsored by HCC and the North
Carolina Dental Health Fund and co-sponsored by The Daily
Herald, treated 435 patients over a two-day period and
offered dental cleanings, restorations, and extractions. An
estimated $221,913 worth of free dental care was performed
and more than 300 volunteers served during the clinic. Last
year, the clinic assisted 339 patients.
This year’s NC MOM clinic also featured 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, was 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.
Volunteers are dentists, dental hygienists, dental
assistants and scores of general volunteers from all areas
of the state.
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.