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Asheville’s Missions of Mercy Dental Clinic Returning to A-B Tech Campus

ASHEVILLE, NC – For the second year, A-B Tech will host the North Carolina Dental Society’s Mission of Mercy, a free dental clinic for individuals in need, beginning at 6 a.m. Aug. 5 and 6 in in the gym in the Coman Student Center.

In addition to the state Dental Society and A-B Tech, the clinic is offered in conjunction with the local Dental Society, Eblen Charities, Three Streams Family Health Center, Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, and others.

Missions of Mercy, or MOM, are sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Health Fund, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide free dental services to those in financial need with few or no other options. The program is a grassroots effort that depends on volunteers, with funding from grants and donations.

Currently, NCMOM has enough equipment to set up a 45-chair full dental clinic, including digital x-ray, sterilization, and all instrumentation and supplies. Clinics generally have 20 to 45 chairs and services are provided for 300 to 600 patients during the two-day event. Volunteers include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental students and members of the general public.

In 2010, the free clinic at A-B Tech proved to be one of the largest dental outreaches of its kind in the state’s history. The event served more than 750 patients, providing dental x-rays, extractions, fillings, restorative care, and cleanings, with more than $450,000 worth of dental care being provided at no cost during the three-day clinic. Jack Teague, DDS, and nearly 50 dentists and more than 300 volunteers provided the services.

Partners in the 2011 Missions of Mercy Free Dental Clinic include: Buncombe County, the Buncombe County Dental Society, Ingles Markets, Three Streams Family Health Center, Hearts With Hands, ABCCM, M B Haynes, Arby’s, Chick-fil-A, Tarheel Physicians Supply, Lowe’s, Pepsi, Hampton Inns, the Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Able-Rent –A- John, Rent-All, Biltmore Oil, Atlanta Bread Company, Extended Stay Hotels, Moe’s, Provience 620, Olive Garden, Leslie and Associates, Inc, Party Blvd, Dunkin Doughnuts, and the Janirve Foundation.

To learn more about receiving treatment or serving as a volunteer during the A-B Tech clinic, visit http://www.ncdental.org/ncds/NCMOM.asp?SnID=1065378988.

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