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Free dental care offered to residents of or near Southwest Virginia

Free dental care offered to residents of or near Southwest Virginia

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WISE, Va. — Free dental care will be offered July 20-22 to those living in or near Southwest Virginia at the Mission of Mercy dental clinic at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Convocation Center.

Services will be offered through Mission of Mercy, a program of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation that addresses oral health needs in underserved communities by providing preventative, restorative and surgical dental care.

Dental clinic hours will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 and from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 22. Patients are encouraged to arrive early. Pre-registration begins at noon Thursday, July 19. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, and bring food and drinks for the day.

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation has provided dental services to patients seeking care in the Wise County area through the MOM program since 2000. Over the past 18 years, Mission of Mercy has served more than 22,000 patients and provided more than $19 million in free care in Wise County, according to a news release.

The program is being moved this year to the UVa-Wise Convocation Center, which is air-conditioned, to make the patient experience more comfortable.

The center is a 3-mile drive from the Wise Fairgrounds. MOM will provide a free shuttle for patients interested in accessing other medical services at the Remote Area Medical clinic. However, no overnight parking on the UVa-Wise campus will be allowed.

More than 450 dentists, dental professionals and support volunteers from the Virginia Dental Association, VCU School of Dentistry and the community are expected to participate, the release states.

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