Thursday, July 29, 2010

Welcome to the Wisconsin Dental Association - WDA Mission of Mercy provides 2,038 patients with $900,000 in free care

Wisconsin is 90% fluoridated: "The Wisconsin Dental Association Mission of Mercy provides 2,038 patients with $900,000 in free care: "Patients ranged in age from a 1-year-old boy to a 91-year-old woman. They traveled from more than 100 cities and towns across Wisconsin and several other states to obtain care at this large-scale, charitable event. The first four patients waited in line for almost 20 hours after setting up a tent at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday."

"A total of 7,572 dental procedures were performed, including 1,540 fillings, 1,630 teeth extracted, 904 cleanings and 15 root canals. Several dental labs worked with volunteer technicians to create 96 partial dentures."

“This experience reinforced how many people are in need of dental care in our state, but it is also clear these events are not the solution to the problem. Dental care needs to be part of comprehensive health care and we must make sure people are receiving these essential services,” said Seidel,...”