We are up and running in Sylva, NC! We are so glad to be here! However, we are still in need of professional volunteers. Please help us spread the word!
Here are some photos from the clinic:
NCMOM-Sylva is right around the corner! We can’t wait to see everyone there. Please note that we are still accepting volunteers. Click here to sign up. If you would like to help but cannot volunteer, please help us by spreading the word. Thank you for your continuous support!
Parking for NCMOM-Sylva will be at the Community Services Building located at 538 Scotts Creek Rd, Sylva NC.
We will have people outside of the clinic helping with parking and directions, as well as some overflow parking. The Dept. of Transportation will be putting up flashing signs to help guide everyone to the clinic, so be on the lookout for those. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post.
Thanks again. We can’t wait to see you at NCMOM-Sylva!
If you are a dentist or dental hygienist, It’s not too late to volunteer for NCMOM-Sylva! We need your support to help this clinic reach its full potential for helping those in need in the Sylva area. The more volunteers we have, the more people we can help.
To volunteer, simply click here.
If you cannot volunteer, but would still like to help, please assist us in spreading the word about this clinic.
An easy way to help: share a link to NCMOM’s Facebook, blog, YouTube or the NC Dental Society’s website with others through email or your own social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.) and tell people what we’re all about.
Thank you for your continuous support of NCMOM. You’re awesome!
Stay tuned for more information about NCMOM-Sylva. We will post information as we receive it.
(From the Charlotte Observer)
In the teeth of this economy, $1 million in free dental care
From Drs. Kenneth Owen and Evan Miller, co-chairs of the North Carolina Missions of Mercy-Charlotte Ambassadors:
Thank you, Charlotte!
The numbers we’ve tallied show the amazing success of the free, ’round-the-clock dental clinic we held a few weeks back at the Charlotte Convention Center.
But first, we want to share stories from the volunteer event that treated more than 2,000 people who came in pain and in need.
We laughed with one patient who told us after treatment she felt “like I just won a prize on the Oprah show.”
We cried with another woman, whom we’d just given a partial denture, when she said through tears: “I never thought I would like myself again.”
The patient I (Dr. Miller) will remember most is the man who waved from the grandstands as he waited to have an aching wisdom tooth extracted. The man reminded me we had gone to school together as children. We visited a moment, then shook hands and hugged. Nothing speaks to the fragile nature of this economy and indeed, this life, as that moment did to me.
The event was put on by the North Carolina Missions of Mercy, a project of the N.C. Dental Society, which offers a dozen clinics around the state each year – thanks to donations from big-hearted folks across the state.
Charlotte’s was the biggest Mission of Mercy yet. The trucks rolled in a day before the clinic doors opened, and volunteers transformed the cavernous Hall B into a reception room, and Hall C into one of the world’s largest dental clinics.
In came 90 dental chairs, lab equipment, a state-of-the-art mobile x-ray van, a pharmacy, and all the accoutrements necessary to operate a dental clinic nonstop for the next 36 hours.
Patients began lining up a day in advance. To treat them, 901 dental professionals from Murphy to Manteo showed up, with a core contingent from the Charlotte area.
There were general practice dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, periododontists, prosthodontis and pediatric dentists.
Supporting them were hygienists, dental assistants, lab technicians and dental students.
The result: $1,069,000 in dental services donated to 2,145 adult patients from around the region.
We examined and x-rayed, filled cavities, cleaned thousands of teeth – and yes, there were root canals. Beyond all that dentistry were people, businesses and organizations with no ties to dentistry. They gave us money and in-kind gifts – as well as their time.
Then, there were average citizens, 895 of them, who showed up to work some or all of the 72 hours we spent preparing, treating patients and dismantling the clinic.
There were retirees and students. Natives and transplants. Investment bankers. War veterans. Doctors, nurses and paramedics came, too. As did the clergy. And Mecklenburg’s district attorney.
Even the patients gave back. Some went from the dental chair to the floor to work as volunteers. One patient passed out snacks he’d brought for himself.
So thanks again, Charlotte. Particularly at this tough economic time, you showed what we can achieve when we all pull together in the spirit of giving.
NCMOM-Sylva is NEXT WEEKEND (9/23-9/24)! NCMOM clinics are one of the few opportunities in North Carolina for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to volunteer their time to supporting and promoting better dental health in the state. If you are a pre-dental student interested in volunteering at NCMOM-Sylva, please note the following and thanks so much for your support:
- Please sign up at ncdental.org under the NCMOM tab. Select the “Pre-Dental Student Volunteer” option.
- Please be present for the shift for which you commit to volunteer.
- Upon signing up to volunteer, you will receive additional information regarding parking, hours, etc.
- We also need help loading the NCMOM trucks next Monday (9/19). If you are interested in helping with this, please email Chris Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, thank you so much for helping NCMOM. We really appreciate it. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave a comment on this post.
See you soon!
We are very excited to finally debut this blog! We will post updated information regarding NC Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) and NCMOM clinics. Please keep checking in with us here or simply subscribe to this blog to receive email updates. Thanks for supporting NCMOM!
Here’s a great video from NCMOM-Raleigh: