A two-day dental clinic to be held this weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will provide free dental care for up to 2,000 Hoosiers on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015.
The IndianaMOM Mission of Mercy clinic will deliver approximately $1 million in free dental care, on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is a charitable outreach program of the Indiana Dental Association Foundation for Dental Health, and is being sponsored by the Delta Dental Foundation as well as several other foundations and organizations. While this is the first Mission of Mercy (MOM) event in Indiana, MOM events across America have helped more than 135,000 patients and have provided nearly $76 million in free dental services since 2000.
The event will focus on providing free oral health care to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford or access care. The goal is to provide at least one dental service to up to 1,000 people each day of the clinic. Over 1,100 volunteers are expected to participate.
Patients will be treated on a first come, first served basis starting at 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Event organizers expect people to start lining up on Thursday evening, so potential patients are encouraged to arrive early and expect a long wait. Patients will receive a health history screening and dental treatment as well as education on overall wellness resources, habits for improving dental health, and help with finding a dental home.
Patients are asked to come early and wear comfortable shoes. All patients should bring:
- photo ID
- water & snacks
- medicine if needed
- diapers if needed
Agents will be available to help patients register for available social services. Anyone interested in registering for social services must bring:
- Social Security numbers for all family members
- birthdates for all family members
- photo ID
- proof of address
- current insurance info
Additional information and a patient FAQ is available online at http://www.indianamom.org/patient-faq.htm.