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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, hosted a Mission of Mercy (MOM) program Feb. 27-28, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

The Armed Forces Reserve Center was 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, 935 of volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, students and community workers from across the state of Louisiana provided services including exams, X-rays, cleanings, fillings, anterior root canals, extractions and front teeth transitional partials. "LaMOM" was an incredible dental outreach event that took patients on a first-come, first-served basis until we reached our capacity for the day. Our goal was to serve anyone willing to come to Baton Rouge and participate.

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.

Our budget was approximately $130,000, but we were able to provide $1,008,389 worth of dental care because of the donation of time from the Louisiana dentists and other volunteers who participated at no cost.

2015 LA Mission of Mercy Baton Rouge Photos

Stats from the 2015 LaMOM:

935 general volunteers statewide
160 dentist volunteers statewide
1,473 patient visits in two days (there were 122 patients that made a second visit to the clinic)
1,351 patients
$1,008,389.10 total care provided = $746.40 per patient

Youngest patient – age 1, oldest patient – age 94

8,423 total procedures were performed, including:
2,159 extractions
697 fillings
389 cleanings
108 partial dentures
56 root canals

 

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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