Free 2-day Dental Clinic in Portland

November 18, 2011 -- The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) is hosting its second Oregon Mission of Mercy (OrMOM) free dental clinic November 21st & 22nd at the Oregon Convention Center.

Just like last year, dental screenings and services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, at no charge to those who attend. “Last year just proved to us what we already knew; there is a great need for access to critical dental care,” stated the 2011 OrMOM Chair, Dr. Jill Price.

“Although charity care is not a solution to the problem, we want to do what we can by helping some of those patients suffering from dental infections or pain.” All work will once again be provided free by a team of over 1800 volunteers including dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, OHSU School of Dentistry students and community members who are donating their time and skills. Cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited treatment partials will be offered. Volunteer Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese translators will be available to assist patients.

Last year’s Oregon Mission of Mercy MOM provided $829,119.15 worth of treatment to 1554 patients, made possible by community partners who made monetary and in kind contributions to OrMOM. A complete list of this year’s sponsors can be found at

“Without the generous donation of space from the Oregon Convention Center again this year and many of the same community partners that helped us last year, this event would not be possible,” said ODA Executive Director Bill Zepp, “Every donation counts, whether it is in-kind or monetary, and we are grateful to each of our many partners.” Education is the most cost-effective way to reduce oral disease among patients, including those covered by medical assistance.

Helping patients understand the importance of good daily oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and routine preventive dental care will be an essential part of Oregon MOM event.“

All dental disease is preventable,” Dr. Price noted, “Good dental hygiene, regular check-ups with a dentist and community water fluoridation can all help ensure good oral health. In the end it all comes down to education and prevention.”

Please Note: Services may not be provided to individuals who have medically-compromising conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure or severe disabilities that prohibit receiving care. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Photo identification, social security number or other personal identification/documentation is NOT required. Clinic doors will open at 5:30am each day. On average $6 to $8 in critically-needed dental care is delivered for every dollar donated, making community sponsors of this program very important.

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Surely these depressingly long lines would be shorter if more of Oregon's water were fluoridated. It is high time for Oregonians to drop the John Birch and unthinking enviro paranoia and get on the humanitarian side of this issue. Picker22