$2M free dental care event at fairgrounds in Phoenix Dec. 9 and 10
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation is hosting its 10th annual Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy event at the Arizona State Fairgrounds this weekend from Friday, Dec. 9 to Saturday, Dec. 10. Adults and children will be able to get their dental work done at no cost. However, the event is not accepting new patients for Saturday. Organizers saw record turnout on Friday with more than 1,000 patients treated and prescreened. Appointments were made for more than 500 people that waited in line for Saturday. No new people should wait in line on Saturday, organizers said.
Inside the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum will be more than 300 volunteer dentists and 1,200 support staff, including dental assistants, translators, lab and medical personnel, and other volunteers. There will be about 100 portable dental stations, and care may range from relieving pain and infection, and include services such as fillings, extractions, cleanings and limited lab work for all patients.
“While we’ve been providing dental services through AZMOM for a decade, the lines don’t get shorter,” says Ann Hammi-Blue, D.D.S, the foundation president. “Dental challenges often prevent people from being able to eat nutritiously, apply for many types of jobs, or socially connect. Sadly, we see the most significant need for preventative dental treatment amongst our most vulnerable populations—the elderly, veterans and children.”
The event is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, but the doors will open at 5 a.m. Friday. The foundation estimates the event will cost $2 million to treat 1,800 patients in two days.
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