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Beyond Benefits: "It's Not the Miles, It's the Smiles that Make it a Mission"

Mission of Mercy Delta Dental of Wisconsin took part in the Wisconsin Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy, held June 12th and 13th at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center. The Mission of Mercy program provides free dental services in one community over a two-day period to those who are otherwise unable to obtain care.

According to Dr. Fred Eichmiller, Delta Dental of Wisconsin vice president and science officer, “Our support of Mission of Mercy is an extension of our corporate values and mission statement, to help improve the oral health and wellness of all the people of Wisconsin by extending access to care, advancing science, and supporting an effective oral-health workforce. It is especially important that we take care of the critical oral health needs of those that are less fortunate, or that may be temporarily without insurance benefits or access to care.”

The annual event helps shed light on the problems many people face in regard to access to care. The Mission of Mercy is not a permanent solution to the much larger problems of access and availability, but it is a way to assure that at least some people are able to address critical dental needs that could impact overall health. According to Dr. Eichmiller, “It is our hope that someday more permanent solutions will ensure that events like this will no longer be needed in Wisconsin.” 

According to the WDA, the first patient traveled from Eden, Wis., and waited in line under a tent in the pouring rain for more than 18 hours before the clinic doors opened at 5:30 a.m. In total, 1,304 children and adults received care valued at $1.02 million. A total of 4,924 dental procedures were performed during the two-day clinic. The event was staffed by 1,230 volunteers from across Wisconsin.

To learn more about the projects Delta Dental of Wisconsin helps support, or to refer an oral health organization in your area, visit https://www.deltadentalwi.com/charitable-fund/.


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