It is an unfortunate fact that over 100 million people in the United States are without dental insurance. Additionally, many Americans lack the financial resources to afford dental care in a private practice setting. In an attempt to meet the dental needs of members of our own community who find themselves in this situation, a group of dedicated volunteers, both professional and non-professional, have come together to stage the Mid Maryland Mission of Mercy. Rockville Family and Cosmetic dentist Victor R. Siegel, DDS, has been involved in the planning of the Mid Maryland MOM and he and his staff will be volunteering their services at the two day event.
In July 2000, the Virginia Dental Health Foundation launched the Mission of Mercy (MOM) Project. The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in conjunction with the Virginia Dental Associaton and the Virginia Health Care Foundation formed a partnership to provide dental care for the uninsured and under-served populations of Virginia. Since then thousands of patients in a growing number of states have been served. Virginia and Texas run multiple events each year.
Cumberland was the site for the first Maryland MOM, October 29-30, 2010. An Eastern Shore MOM was held in June, 2012.
The Mid Maryland MOM will be held at St. Vincent Pallotti High School, 113 St. Mary's Place, Laurel, Maryland 20707, August 1-3, 2013. Volunteer opportunities remain both in professional and non professional capacities. Thursday, August 1, is set-up day and treatment days are Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6am on treatment days. Services provided will be cleanings, root canals, fillings and extractions on adults age 18 and older. There will be no services provided for children at this event.