Dr. Nguyen and the staff of Soft Dental in Rush City will be volunteering at the annual Mission of Mercy event being held June 14 and 15 in Bemidji. The Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation are bringing the 2nd annual Minnesota Mission of Mercy to northern Minnesota to provide free dental care to children and adults who face barriers to accessing dental care. The Sanford Center in Bemidji was chosen as the site to accommodate the massive dental clinic, which will treat as many as 2,000 patients from a wide geographic area.
Adults and children of all ages who do not have a medically-compromising condition that prohibits safe treatment are welcome. There will be no photo identification, social security number or any other personal documentation required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Free care being provided includes cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited treatment for partial dental appliances. There is no advance sign up and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis each day. The doors open at 5:30 a.m., and early arrival is encouraged.
The free care is being provided by more than 1,000 volunteers, including dentists from Minnesota and surrounding states, as well as hygienists, dental assistants, translators and lay volunteers.
Dental services not provided are implants, crowns and root canals on molars, full dentures and removal of unexposed wisdom teeth.
To learn more about the event, or to volunteer, visit mndental.org/mnmom.