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Nonprofit Spotlight: Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy

Mission of Mercy is in the Business of Smiles

SoMd Mission of Mercy

Please note: This year's clinic is cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy (SMMOM) is a free adult dental clinic provided by volunteer dental professionals and volunteer staff.

Adults must be 19 years of age or older and have a valid photo ID to participate. No children 18 years of age or younger will be permitted on-site.  Patients do not need to prove their income level or residency to receive services from SMMOM. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-registration is not required to attend the biannual dental clinic event. Most patients receive two or three dental procedures at an estimated value of $1,100 per person for which they pay nothing. A pharmacy is also available at the event to dispense free (non-narcotic) pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed by the treating dentist.

SMMOM’s free dental clinic services may include:  

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  • Preventive dentistry and cleaning
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Restorative fillings
  • Extractions
  • Some oral surgery
  • Some root canals

The SMMOM dental clinic is made possible by volunteers. Over 500 community volunteers are needed as well as 200 dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, oral surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and dental students.

Community volunteers do not need any special dental or medical training in order to participate. Volunteers provide security, parking, patient registration, meals and more. Clinical volunteers include dental and medical professionals licensed in the state of Maryland as well as dentists and hygienists from other states.

This year’s dental clinic is scheduled for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 at North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf, Md. The event is open from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Individuals need to arrive early as the line for services usually closes around 10 a.m. when the clinic is full of patients. In 2018, 819 people received free dental services.

Additional information for those interested in participating or volunteering may find more information by visiting the Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy website or by calling (301) 884-4438. (The website also contains a printable brochure with additional information.)