UMMC School of Dentistry to provide free services at the end of the month

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Dentistry will be offering free dental treatment to underserved residents at the end of the month through the beginning of February.

From Monday, Jan. 29 through Thursday, Feb. 1 the school will be celebrating Dental Mission Week to raise awareness of issues related to access to dental work and to provide care for vulnerable populations that include uninsured minor children and adults — including military veterans.

Free services provided are cleanings, extractions, fillings, root canals for front teeth only, oral cancer screening, and oral hygiene education.

In addition to providing necessary care to Mississippians, Dental Mission Week will promote dental education. Students will learn how to become servant leaders in their communities as they gain hands-on experience, not just in dental procedures, but in making their patients feel welcome and comfortable.

“Dental Mission Week is just one way the School of Dentistry can express its compassion for life, love, and humanity for others,” Melody Longino, the school’s manager of ambulatory operations and Dental Mission Week coordinator, said.

The application deadline is Friday. Applications are also available at the School of Dentistry or from a local Veterans Affairs facility liaison.

Applications must be mailed to UMMC School of Dentistry, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39215 including a working phone number and signatures where indicated. Applications that are emailed or faxed will not be accepted.

Individuals selected for treatment will be contacted by the school to schedule an appointment.

Those looking to contribute to the school’s cause can donate to assist in the efforts. Additional details on Dental Mission Week are available here.

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