“Thanks to this great event, I got the treatment I needed but couldn’t afford for so long. I feel more than just GRATITUDE for it!” – Patty (Mission of Mercy, Tulsa, OK)
The greatest disparities of oral health are among people living in rural areas, and those who have systematically experienced poverty. Other underserved communities include veterans, the elderly and young, the homeless and minority communities—so many have endured dental pain, putting off what they cannot afford. At America’s Dentists Care Foundation-supported Mission of Mercy dental clinics, events patients receive free dental care. The goal of the events is to serve communities that could not otherwise receive care. With improved oral health there is lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and overall better quality of life.