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This amazing event is coming to Baton Rouge, and we anticipate it will provide approximately 1,500 area residents with much needed free dental care. The LDA Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization), together with partners such as the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA), the LSU School of Dentistry and America’s Dentists Care Foundation, will host a Mission of Mercy (MOM) program Feb. 27-28, 2015, in Baton Rouge. Setup will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26.

The Armed Forces Reserve Center will be transformed into a large-scale dental clinic with the purpose of treating adults and children who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office. Over two days, hundreds of volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, students and community workers from across the state of Louisiana will provide services including exams, X-rays, cleanings, fillings, anterior root canals, extractions and front teeth transitional partials. “LaMOM” will be an incredible dental outreach event that will take patients on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach our capacity for the day. Our goal is to serve anyone willing to come to Baton Rouge and participate, so patients from other communities are welcome and encouraged.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 45% of adults nationwide have no dental insurance of any kind, and 42% of adults cited cost or lack of insurance as reasons for delaying or forgoing dental treatment.  And though exact figures were not available, Louisiana’s higher poverty rate and lower percentage of people with employer-paid health insurance indicate cost/insurance barriers to oral health care are even higher in Louisiana.

We need YOUR help, as well as the assistance of your staff, friends and spouse!

Preliminary goals for serving our community:
•    1,500 patients, 750 each day, to be seen on a first-come, first-served basis, at no cost to them.
•    200 volunteer dentists to provide diagnosis, treatment and education.
•    Up to 1,200 volunteers such as dental team members, spouses, office staff, hygienists, chairside assistants, lab technicians, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dental students, hygiene students, pre-dental students, dental supply reps, church groups, college service groups, community services groups (Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, St. Vincent DePaul, etc.). Basically, any individual over 18 years of age.
•    Financial- and in-kind donations to assist with the purchase of needed dental supplies, food for volunteers and patients, signs, printed materials and much more.

Our budget is approximately $130,000, but we will be able to provide over $500,000 worth of dental care because of the donation of time from the Louisiana dentists and other volunteers who will be participating at no cost.

 

HISTORY

On Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) participated with the American Dental Association (ADA) to host a Mission of Mercy (MOM) in New Orleans in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session. After a successful MOM in our home state, the LDA Foundation elected to host its own MOM in 2015 in Baton Rouge, the state's capitol and home of the LDA's central office staff.

2013 ADA Mission of Mercy New Orleans Photos

Stats provided by the America’s Dentists Care Foundation from the Nov. 3, 2013, MOM:
 
1,119 volunteers from 42 states
785 patient visits (there were 30 patients that made a second visit to the clinic)
755 patients
$387,093.50 total care provided = $512.71 per patient  
 
Youngest patient – age 1, oldest patient – age 92, average age 39.46, median age 39
 
2,835 procedures consisting of:
752 exams (755 medical triage exams – 3 failed, 30 return patient visits recorded, 10 people left between registration and medical, 10 people left after triage without receiving recommended treatment)
266 x-rays
553 surgical procedures
393 fillings
270 cleanings
35 sealants
205 fluoride treatments
17 endodontic procedures
50 partials
8 denture repairs
7 add teeth
5 upper and 3 lower dentures
1 enamel plasty
1 palliative (emergency) treatment of dental pain
269 medications delivered onsite

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