On April 13 & 14, 2018, hundreds of community volunteers, including up to 100 dentists, will be donating their time, resources and hearts to provide FREE DENTAL CARE to local residents who otherwise are unable to receive treatment.
The Mission of Mercy (MOM) concept originating in Virginia has spread throughout the United States and the first AKMOM was held in Anchorage at the Dena’ina Center in April 2014. At that event, we had 1,332 volunteers and we treated 1,589 residents in just two days! The estimated value of care received was $1,156,650.
Since then, we have followed that up with an event in Fairbanks at the Carlson Center in August 2015 where 516 volunteers treated 886 residents in just two days! The estimated value of care received was $849,331. In 2016, our third event was held in Anchorage again where 1,016 volunteers treated 1,131 residents with a total estimated value of care of $1,154,232.
Hard costs to provide two days of free dental care at our fourth MOM will be approximately $120,000 with an overall value to the recipients of over $800,000. An important element of the AKMOM is patient education. Education is the most cost-effective way to reduce oral disease. A program to help patients understand the importance of good daily oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and routine preventive dental care is an essential part of the Alaska Mission of Mercy. Patients learn about the negative effects of soda, sugary beverages, tobacco products, the link between dental health and overall health, oral cancer and more.