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Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic Treats Nearly 2K Patients

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla_ The fourth annual Oklahoma Mission of Mercy treated a total of 1,786 patients on February 1-2 in Lawton, Oklahoma at the two-day, free dental clinic. 

More than 1,800 people came from all over Oklahoma and Texas to volunteer their time and talent in Lawton.

The first patient arrived in line at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 31st at the Great Plains Coliseum. Patients attended from many cities across Oklahoma and Texas.

"I am so happy with the number of people we were able to help during this event," said Todd Bridges, DDS, Oklahoma Dental Association president and Oklahoma Mission of Mercy co-chair.  "This year's Mission is particularly dear to my heart since we helped many people in my home town of Lawton. I am truly thankful to all of the volunteers that came to provide dental care."

The total value of the donated dental services was $1,107,138 equaling an average of $619.90 of dental treatment per patient.  The total number of dental procedures was 7,042 which included cleanings, fillings, extractions and anterior root canals.

"Once again we have seen the powerful impact of the volunteer spirit for which Oklahoma is so well known," said John Gladden, President and CEO, Delta Dental of Oklahoma. "By supporting the work of hundreds of volunteer dental professionals, we are able to help the less fortunate access desperately needed dental care. And, caring for our fellow Oklahomans is at the very heart of our not-for-profit mission. On behalf of the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation, I want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the OkMOM volunteers who made this remarkable event possible."

The event is presented by the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Dental Foundation and the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation. Other sponsors include Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties, Comanche County Department of Health, Instumentarium SOREDEX, the McMahon Foundation and Medical Waste Services.

More than 70 sponsors and donors provided services and food for the volunteers and patients both days.

Founded in 1907, the Oklahoma Dental Association has a proud membership of more than 1,500 dentist members. The Association was established to help foster an awareness of the obligations and responsibilities of the dental profession to society, to help advance the art and science of dentistry, and to promote public health and health services in the State of Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.okda.org

The mission of the Oklahoma Dental Foundation is eliminating barriers to oral health care for Oklahomans. For more information, visit www.okdf.org.

The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation is the philanthropic affiliate of Delta Dental of Oklahoma and is the state's single largest contributor to dental health and education-related projects and initiatives, contributing nearly $5 million to help provide greater access to oral healthcare and education to all citizens of Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.DDOKFoundation.org.

 

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