NOVA and the Northern Virginia Dental Society teamed up one more time to host the Mission of Mercy event. Finding dental care can be a real challenge, but on March 14 and 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., a wide range of free oral health care services were provided to under-served Virginians including, but not limited to the elderly, disabled, uninsured and under-insured. This year, approximately 932 patients were seen by 111 dentists, 31 specialists, 58 hygienists, 97 dental assistants and more than 250 community volunteers, including first and second year Medical Education Campus (MEC) dental hygiene students.
According to statistics reported by the Northern Virginia Dental Society, the estimated value of care this year amounted to $392,196 and the services provided included 779 routine exams, 153 cleanings, 193 gross debridements, 206 fluoride and varnish, 29 bite wing X-rays, 886 PAX-rays, 73 panorex, 805 composite surfaces, 14 core buildups, 359 routine extractions, 116 surgical extractions, 48 root canals, three pulp caps, one biopsy and two pulpotomies.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Gerald E. Connolly visited during the two-day event, which was covered by the media. Public officials witnessed this great cooperative outreach to the community, toured the MEC’s state-of-the-art facilities and spoke with organizers, volunteers and patients. Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, Dr. Jerome Barrett (NOVA Board chair) and Dr. Bruce Neilsen (NOVA Board member) were also in attendance.