Dental “Give Back Day” Brings Smiles

Several FDA members made Dental Give Back Day a reality Nov. 29 for about 50 people in East Volusia County.

The idea stemmed in part from seeing how lives are changed in the statewide Florida Mission of Mercy weekend, which the FDA does each year.

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Donate to the FDA Foundation for Giving Tuesday

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In support of Giving Tuesday, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations made on Facebook to nonprofits up to a total of $7 million. Please consider making a donation to the FDA Foundation for Giving Tuesday!

The FDA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Florida Dental Association promoting dental health for all Floridians. As Florida’s premier charitable organization for dentistry, the FDA Foundation is dedicated to working with our members to improve the oral health of all Floridians.

There is a critical need in our state to improve oral health. Every day thousands of Floridians are experiencing severe dental pain and infection that affects their health, self-esteem and quality of life — from their ability to find employment to their ability to speak or chew properly.

The FDA Foundation serves as a catalyst for uniting volunteers and organizations to make a difference through better oral health. Programs supported by the FDA Foundation — the Florida Mission of Mercy, Project: Dentists Care and Donated Dental Services — provide life-changing dental care to those who are in most need.

Click here to go to the fundraiser.

Disaster Resources

As many of our Northwest District Dental Association members work to recover, we want you to know that the Florida Dental Association (FDA) and the FDA Foundation are here to help. We hope the following information will provide helpful resources in your recovery process.

Temporary Mobile Clinics Available
Dental Access Mobile Clinics LLC has temporary dental offices available for lease. The temporary offices are on a 48-ft. trailer platform and include the following:

  • two fully equipped treatment rooms with intraoral X-ray units and computer monitors
  • sterilization and lab area
  • panorex
  • intake and patient waiting area

They can be run by either generator or shore power. There is one unit that is designed to be connected together with another to make a four-operatory clinic, but the units also can be used independently if more than two operatories are needed. Unlike many mobile clinics, and especially many vans, Dental Access Mobile clinics are designed by dentists and are fully functional for all phases of dentistry. They have separate treatment rooms versus open bays with chairs that may or may not be set up for four-handed dentistry. There are four units available during the second week in November and another unit available in late December. Please click here for more information or call 803.321.3220.

FDA Foundation Disaster Assistance Grant Program
The FDA Foundation has resources available for Florida dentists who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Emergency disaster grants for immediate personal needs such as food, water, clothing, emergency shelter, medications, etc. are available through the FDA Foundation’s Disaster Fund.

To Apply
Grant amounts are determined based on completion of an application and available funds. You may access the FDA Foundation Emergency Disaster Grant Application here.

Grant Awards
FDA Foundation grants up to $1,500 per dentist are available.

Questions or Assistance
If you do not have access to the internet and need assistance completing your application over the phone, please call the FDA office at 800.877.9922. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact R. Jai Gillum at rjaigillum@floridadental.org.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Portable Dental Equipment
If you need assistance securing portable dental equipment, please email foundation@floridadental.org, call 800.877.9922 or send a or send a message to the FDA’s Facebook account.

Henry Schein Cares Road to Recovery Resource Center

Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) resources and information

Florida Small-business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Provides short-term, interest-free loans up to $50,000 to small-business owners located in designated disaster areas that experienced physical and/or economic damage as a result of Hurricane Michael. Please visit floridadisasterloan.org for more information on eligibility requirements and application instructions. Deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2018.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Disaster loans and business counseling is available for people and business affected by Hurricane Michael. Learn more about SBA disaster loans, which Florida counties are eligible and how to apply at sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

Unemployment Assistance: For information on federal disaster unemployment assistance for workers and the self-employed affected by Hurricane Michael, please visit floridajobs.org or call 800.385.3920.

Short-term Food Assistance Benefits
File for D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to receive short-term food assistance benefits from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. ANYONE in the affected areas is eligible, and you can use the money you save on food to replace clothes and other necessities. Visit disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/5769 or call 866.762.2237 for more information.

2018 Florida Mission of Mercy

By DentalPC

What happens when you need a dental cleaning, you’re experiencing tooth pain or worse? Most of our readers own dental practices or they are staff members who assist in a dental practice, which should make the entire process of going to the dentist very simple.

For most people who do not work in the world of dentistry, typically you’ll make a dental appointment and see your dentist as soon as possible, but what if it wasn’t that simple for others? Thankfully, DentalPC partners with life-changing foundations like the Florida Dental Association Foundation’s Florida Mission of Mercy (FLA-MOM) to help make this process a little easier for some of our Floridians.

What is the FLA-MOM?

The FLA-MOM is a two-day clinic which provides free dental care to the under-served and under-insured in Florida – those that would otherwise go without dental care. The FLA-MOM is a first-come, first-served event with a goal of treating 2,000 patients in two days. Every year, the FLA-MOM event is held in a different location throughout the state.

Services provided include cleanings, fillings, extractions, pediatric dentistry and limited root canal therapy.

How is DentalPC Involved?

DentalPC had the honor of sponsoring the FLA-MOM as the Presenting Benefactor for the fourth consecutive year. Clay Archer (CEO) and his team of knowledgeable technicians traveled to Fort Myers for this years big event. It was a busy couple of days in Fort Myers at the Lee Civic Center last weekend! The FLA-MOM provided 11,899 procedures to 1,906 patients with a value of more than $1.7 million!

 

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane With Us:

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Behind the Scenes: Jacob and David working hard to get all of the workstations set up!
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Day 2 in full effect … 200 veterans are about to walk in for their pre-screening.
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Veterans pre-screened, meetings done, we are locked and loaded to start seeing 2,000 patients and provide high quality dental care to those in need. It all starts bright and early at 5 a.m. and won’t stop until a little after noon on Saturday!
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Our CTO, Marty Cortines and Project Lead, Jacob!
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Of course, we have a little fun along the way! Thanks for all your hard work, Clay (CEO)!
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Last day, patients coming in.
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And just like that, it ends … 1900 patients in 2 days.

Thank you to all the volunteers who selflessly dedicated their time and skills to the 2018 FLA-MOM! We could not have done this without your help and support!

We’ll see you in Orlando for the next FLA-MOM on March 22-23, 2019.

Reprinted with permission. This article first appeared on DentalPC’s blog and can be found at http://www.dentalpc.com/2018/03/2018-florida-mission-of-mercy/.