$2 Million in Free Dental Care to 2,000 Patients in 2 Days

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December 13th and 14th Event Will Relieve Pain and Infection for Those in Need

The Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation (CADSF) is hosting its 8th annual Dental Mission of Mercy (AZMOMs) https://azmom.org/ event at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds December 13 and 14. Nearly 1,700 volunteer dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, assistants and lay people will provide approximately $2 million in free care to more than 2,000 patients on a first-come, first served basis.

The dental professionals will utilize 100 portable dental units to focus on relieving pain and infection. Dental services such as fillings, extractions, cleanings, as well as limited lab work will be provided to patients of all ages. Patients are advised to arrive early. Doors to the clinic will open at 6 am. Treatment will be performed both days from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.*

Arizona discontinued adult dental AHCCCS benefits in 2010 during the budget cuts of the great recession. While some benefits were restored in the recent election, the demand for care during this event proves how much the most vulnerable members of our community are still in need.

“There are too many people that fall through the cracks that are struggling with day to day life and need help,” shared Dr. Brett Dameron, a Phoenix dentist and CADS Foundation Board President “Having dental health gives these people a chance to focus on things other than pain or infection, helps them to better access potential jobs, plus it unburdens our emergency health care system that individuals use to relieve pain and infection if they can’t access dental care.”

Dameron added, “We also work to provide dental education to these patients in need so they understand a small ongoing investment will help to alleviate these larger, painful issues. Preventative dental care is about the cost of a cup of coffee each day.”

CADSF relies on significant sponsorships from a variety of organizations including the BHHS Legacy Foundation, Thunderbird Charities, The Board of Visitors, Delta Dental of Arizona, CIGNA Dental and numerous other corporate sponsors and individual donors to put on the AZMOM event each year. Support this event by visiting https://www.cadsfoundation.org/donate/.

 

WHEN:          Friday, Dec. 13, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 14, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.*

WHERE:       Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Arizona State Fairgrounds

Patients to line up on the west side of coliseum

1826 W. McDowell Road

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Visit https://azmom.org/ or follow us through social media at #AZMOM

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cadsazmom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CADSAZMOM

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cads_azmom/

*Or until resources run out on Saturday

 About CADS AZ Mission of Mercy

Originating in Virginia and spreading throughout the United States, more than 70 Mission of Mercy dental programs have been conducted since 2000 to provide free dental care to local residents who otherwise were unable to receive it. The Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation (CADSF) first hosted an event in 2011 and has provided more than $12 Million in free dental care to Arizonans in need. Visit https://azmom.org/ to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alison Walsh, [email protected] (602) 741-0866

Heather Miles Austin, [email protected] (602) 738-9252

 

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