NORTH CAROLINA MISSIONS OF MERCY CLINICS
- Portable free dental clinics are conducted over a two-day period, offering complimentary care for adults from under-served households.
- Programs rotate throughout the state, each requiring a host community.
- Each clinic varies in size – depending on funding and volunteers – to serve anywhere from 300 to 3,000 patients.
- Provides a one-to-one patient to dentist ratio, guaranteeing digital X-rays, instrument sterilization and supplies for each patient.
- Clinics are staffed by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, lab techs, health professionals and community volunteers.
- Clinic set-up occurs on a Thursday, and patients are treated on a first come-first serve basis that Friday and Saturday, from 6 am-4 pm.
This model of access to care through volunteerism is the hallmark of the Foundation’s MOM clinic outreach program.
- Dentists typically provide one major procedure per patient, such as an extraction or filling.
- Some clinics include a lab feature so that certain patients may be fitted with partial prosthetics (dentures) for missing teeth.
- At all clinics, patients receive education on proper oral hygiene as well as supplies to take home.
- Patients who come to the clinic are in dire need of dental treatment, and most are in severe pain. Many have not seen a dentist in years, and some have never seen a dentist. These clinics provide must-needed relief.
See the transformational work of these clinics:
“I lost my bottom teeth to a blastoma tumor five years ago. I have been through so much and felt like giving up. Then I began to feel hope when I noticed the MOM clinic advertised for the Bethlehem Church in Gastonia. The clinic has fitted me with bottom teeth. If it wasn’t for love and compassion, these people wouldn’t be here doing what they’re doing. I can’t thank you enough for offering us assistance that many of us cannot afford. It’s people like you that help people like me, who didn’t have hope.”
“I used to cover my mouth when I laughed or smiled. Not anymore! These are the best people I’ve ever encountered! Everyone has been professional and compassionate. My self-esteem is back! I’m truly grateful for the care I’ve received. It has changed my life.”
– JANET, treated and fitted with a partial prosthetic to replace her front teeth
Please complete and submit the nominee form(s) describing the qualifications. Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged.
Email nomination form before or by Monday, August 15, 2022, with DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD APPLICATION in the subject line to NC Dental Society Foundation c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Endowment Grants Awarded to:
- Merci Clinic Inc.
- Vidas de Esperanza Dental Clinic
- Community Care Center for Forsyth County Inc.
- The Broad Street Clinic Foundation Inc.
Each of the above organizations are helping increase dental access among their respective communities through direct services for uninsured populations as well as through education and awareness about dental care.
“Smiles at Sunnybrook” 2021 Dental Public Health Award Recipient
2021 Dental Public Health Award Recipient
Congratulations to the 2021 Dental Public Health Award Recipient: Wake County Human Services Dental Clinic.
Through its “Smiles at Sunnybrook” program, the clinic offers preventative dental services such as dental exams, cleaning, fluoride varnish and diagnostic x-rays to uninsured children from birth to twenty years at no cost.
GIVE KIDS A SMILE® (GKAS)
On the first Friday in February, as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, thousands of dentists across the country will take time from their practices to help under-served children get the oral health care they need.
What is it?
- An annual volunteer program that provides free educational, preventative and restorative services to children from low-income families. Many of these children are unable to eat, sleep or pay attention in school, ultimately risking more serious health problems because of their poor oral health.
- For more than 15 years, NC Dental Society members have provided complimentary screenings, treatment and oral health education for deserving children. Each year, we aim for participation among all 100 North Carolina counties, and we need your help.
Can we count on you to host or participate in a Give Kids A Smile event?
NCDS Foundation Relief Fund
The North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS) Foundation Relief Fund is a need-based program designed to provide
temporary emergency relief to dentists who are not financially self-sustaining due to circumstances beyond their
control. Please view the following Relief Fund Rules to see if you are eligible to apply.
Grants are awarded by the NCDS Foundation at the discretion of its Grant Review Committee (“Committee”), consistent with the Committee’s interpretation of Relief Fund Rules and subject to fund availability.
Application period: The application period is open.
The level of financial detail on the Application is required to show need-based funding and for compliance with the Foundation’s tax-exempt status. Personal information is kept confidential by the Grants Committee.
NC UNITED SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS (USO) DRIVE
Each year, NC Dental Society members and their dental teams come together to provide oral health essentials for the men and women who serve and protect us.
Thanks to you, approximately 1,500 lbs. of dental supplies and cash donations are collected for NC troops. Donations are delivered in November, in honor of Veteran’s Day.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve opted to pause the Dental Supply Drive. You can still make an online contribution directly to the USO of NC.