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In 2012 and 2013, the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundationhas hosted its Dental Mission of Mercy (AZMOM)
event at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, AZ. Due to the overwhelming success of these
events, we are proud to announce our 2014 CADS
AZMOM Event – On December 12th
– 13th 2014 we will once again be conducting our clinic @ the
We utilize 100 portable dental units and require over 1,500
volunteers to make this event occur. Our
first two events changed the lives of so many people. 300
dentists, along with at least as many dental assistants and hundreds of
dental hygienists along with about 600
lay Volunteers. Dental supply
companies contributed supplies and materials which assisted us in treating 2,020 patients and provided $1.5 million in free dental care over
the two day period. These events were
the largest charitable dental clinics
ever held in the State of Arizona.
The emphasis will again be on basic dental care such as
fillings, extractions and cleanings.
Limited lab work (i.e., stainless-steel crowns for children, treatment
partials) will be offered. The program
is unable to treat patients with specific medically-compromising conditions
(e.g., extremely high blood pressure, severe disabilities).
Our CADS AZMOM event focuses on:
Providing free access to dental care while
placing a high priority on patients suffering from dental infections or pain;
Raising public awareness of the increasing
difficulty low-income adults and children face in accessing critical dental
Creating health care advocates via the hundreds
of lay volunteers participating in the event
Arizona residents suffer from higher rates of dental
disease and benefit less from proven preventative methods than other
states. A recent survey revealed that 21%
of Arizona adults and 31% of Arizona children have never had a dental check-up.
The good news is that most oral diseases are
preventable. In Arizona, 5% of children ages 6 months through 2 years have had
tooth decay. By the time children reach
11 to 13 years, over 65% have experienced tooth decay, and by the time
adults reach age 45, more than 99% have had decay.
Additionally, Arizonans report one of their major barriers
to receiving dental services relates to finances. While 24% of Arizonans lack medical
insurance, over 44% of
adults and 38% of children lack
In summary, more Arizonans have dental disease than found
nationally, while many report difficulty accessing dental services. Efforts such as AZMOM, which has treated over
3,500 individuals (two years), are needed to improve the oral health for
children and adults in this state.