New Mexico Mission of Mercy to Provide More than $1 Million in Free Dental Care to Adults and Children in Need
Need dental care, but can’t afford it? New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) will help put smiles back on the faces of adults and children in need when the free dental clinic comes to San Juan County, September 13-14, at McGee Park, in Farmington.
San Juan College will join forces with San Juan County, Conoco Phillips and other businesses and organizations as sponsors of the event. The San Juan College dental hygiene program and college staff will volunteer to assist with the event as well.
During the large scale, two-day dental clinic, dental professionals will provide free services on a first-come, first served basis for adults and children who cannot afford care.
Doors will open at 5 a.m., on Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14. Patients who wish to line up early will be allowed to do so beginning no earlier than 4 p.m., on Thursday, September 12.
For access to the clinic, enter McGee Park from Highway 64 by turning south on County Road 5500. Enter the gate marked “Patient Parking” next to the sheriff’s office.
Long lines and long waits are expected for patients, so all are being asked to bring a chair, hat, water, and snacks. Patients also will be required to provide any medications or a medication list and a list of any health problems.
No appointments are necessary. Dentists will not be able to address every dental issue a patient may have. During dental triage, a volunteer dentist will determine which procedures would be most beneficial for the patient.
NM MOM San Juan County is headed up by Dr. Chuck Schumacher and Dr. Jennifer Thompson, Farmington dentists; Dr. Julius Manz, San Juan College Dental Hygiene Program director; and Dr. John McNeill, retired oral surgeon.
NM MOM San Juan County follows in the heels of two successful events held in Albuquerque in 2010 and in Las Cruces in 2012. During these two events, 3,722 patients were helped by 3,200 volunteers, and more than $2.2 million in free dental care was donated. NM MOM San Juan County expects to serve approximately 1,500 area patients and provide more than $1 million in dental services, thanks to a generous community.
The event is sponsored by San Juan County, Delta Dental, ConocoPhillips, Henry Schein Dental, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Daily Times, Patterson Dental, Majestic Media, San Juan College, and the NM Dental Association. NM MOM is a program of the NM Dental Foundation.
For patient information, go to www.nmdentalfoundation.org or call 1-888-723-8820.