Organization Provides Thousands of Dollars in Free Dental Care to Abilene Residents

Organization Provides Thousands of Dollars in Free Dental Care to Abilene Residents

Volunteer dentists and hygienists provided no-cost dental care and preventive education to hundreds of Abilene residents at the Abilene Civic Center on Friday, October 4, 2013, and Saturday, October 5, 2013, during a Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) event, sponsored by the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation (TDASF) and supported by the Texas Dental Association.
Volunteer dentists and hygienists provided no-cost dental care and preventive education to hundreds of Abilene residents at the Abilene Civic Center on Friday, October 4, 2013, and Saturday, October 5, 2013, during a Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) event, sponsored by the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation (TDASF) and supported by the Texas Dental Association.

Over the 2-day event, more than 80 dentists provided 851 patients with $601,193 worth of charitable dental care at the TMOM in Abilene. Many dentists were local to Abilene, but other volunteers came from Houston and El Paso to participate. Approximately 550 other community volunteers from the dental profession, businesses, and community groups were on hand to assist with the mobile dental clinic that delivers restorative dental care at no cost to underserved Texans. TMOM is a first-come, first-serve program.

Oral health contributes to overall health, but many patients experience barriers to care. Those who receive complimentary dental care at TMOMs are extremely grateful. One patient commented, “Thank you. Your care saved my fiancée’s teeth, and we couldn’t afford it otherwise. He’s a disabled veteran.”

The next TMOM event is in Houston on February 7-8, 2014. In addition to the Abilene TMOM, TDASF in 2013 held TMOM events in Amarillo, Texarkana, and Burnet, as well as a Fluoride Fest in Burnet. In 2012, TDASF held 7 TMOM events in San Antonio, Victoria, Brady, Liberty, Beaumont, Mt. Pleasant, and Atlanta, as well as a Fluoride Fest in Atlanta.

For information, please contact TDASF Missions Coordinator Billy Callis at 512-448-2441 ext 203 or billy@tda.org or visit tdasf.org.
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