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NOVA-Medical Education Campus to offer free dental services to those in need through Mission of Mercy, March 11-12

What

The Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will once again partner with the Northern Virginia Dental Society to provide free dental services for low-income residents of Northern Virginia. Mission of Mercy, also known as "M.O.M.," is a two-day event that offers high-quality dental care to 700 to 1,000 local patients between Friday and Saturday.

Where

NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield VA 22150
Parking is available on the 1st level of the parking garage in spaces marked Visitor.

When

March 11-12, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Background

NOVA dental hygiene students will work with dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and other a community volunteers who volunteer their time to provide services that include examinations, fluoride treatments and prophylaxis (teeth polishing). Appointments have been scheduled through the Northern Virginia Dental Society by social service agencies.

According to the Virginia Health Care Foundation, an estimated 3.8 million Virginians—more than 47% of the total population—are without dental insurance. Dr. Terry Dickinson, executive director of the Virginia Dental Association, created the Mission of Mercy (M.O.M) program in 2000 to address the overwhelming need for access to free oral health care. The M.O.M program operates mobile clinics in strategic locations across the State, providing preventive, restorative, and surgical dental treatments to more than 4,000 low-income individuals each year.

All dental appointments and all volunteers are scheduled through the Northern Virginia Dental Society, 703-642-5297. To volunteer as a dental professional or as an interpreter, please contact NVDS.

 

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu

 

 

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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