Imagine what it’s like to go for months living with pain because you don’t have the resources to go to a dentist. It’s difficult for most of us to envision. Unfortunately, it is a reality among too many of Maryland’s residents. When choices boil down to purchasing food or getting attention for a sore tooth, food always wins. Dental care takes a back seat to more pressing needs and treatment may be delayed for years.
The Maryland State Dental Association’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is asking for support for its efforts to provide access to dental care to underserved Marylanders so fewer people are faced with these kinds of choices.
MSDAF-sponsored Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental clinics provided free care to more than 4,000 Maryland residents in 2017. Thousands of all-volunteer staff makes these large-scale MOM clinics possible, each one treating as many as 1,300 individuals. Funds raised through this year’s MSDAF SpeadingSmiles campaign will go to purchasing equipment for the MOM clinics and providing funds to run the events and increase their capacity to treat more patients in 2018.
Wicomico County resident Tammy Whetzel was a patient seen at the Eastern Shore MOM this year. When asked what treatment meant to her, she said, “You can smile again. You can eat foods again that you haven’t been able to eat in a long time. It gives you self-esteem.”
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For more information about MSDAF, contact Eric Biagioli, Executive Director, MSDA C&E Foundation at 410-964-2880.
Photo: Patient receiving treatment at a free Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic.
Source: Maryland State Dental Association’s Charitable and Educational Foundation