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Alaska Mission of Mercy (AKMOM)
Aug 7 & 8, 2015
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
Something exciting in our community is brewing behind the scenes! On August 7 & 8, 2015, hundreds of community volunteers, including over 100 dentists, will be donating their time, resources and hearts to provide FREE DENTAL CARE to local residents who otherwise are unable to receive treatment.
The Mission of Mercy (MOM) concept originating in Virginia has spread throughout the United States and the first AKMOM was held in Anchorage at the Dena’ina Center in April 2014. At that event, we had 1,332 volunteers and we treated 1,589 residents in just two days! The estimated value of care received was $1,156,650. It was a great success and our volunteers are already excited for our next event which will be held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks in August 2015.
Hard costs to provide two days of free dental care will be approximately $120,000 with an overall value to the recipients of $800,000. An important element of the AKMOM is patient education. Education is the most cost-effective way to reduce oral disease. A program to help patients understand the importance of good daily oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and routine preventive dental care is an essential part of the Alaska Mission of Mercy. Patients learn about the negative effects of soda, sugary beverages, tobacco products, the link between dental health and overall health, oral cancer and more.
This is where YOU come in! We need volunteers and money to make it happen so please REGISTER and donate and become a tooth fairy!