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FREE Dental Clinic Open to Those in Need of Care
Hosted by Face2FaceHealing through Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh

Categorized as: Health & Wellness
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Adults and children who need, but cannot afford, dental care are invited to a free, two-day dental clinic.

Hosted by Face2FaceHealing, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, co-founded by Karen Scuilli, RN, MSN, MBA and Daniel Pituch, DMD, MD. Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh will deploy hundreds of volunteer dental clinicians, nurses, pharmacists and general volunteers who will donate their time to assist the underserved and provide dental diagnoses, basic restorative fillings, extractions, and cleanings at no charge to adults and children above age two. Oral Cancer screenings will also be provided.

No preregistration is needed, and there are no income or eligibility requirements. Registration is first come, first serve starting at 6:00 AM.

“The connection between dental health and overall health is significant,” says Dr. Pituch. “Poor dental health can tax the immune system, and can lead to cardiovascular disease because of the inflammation and infections oral bacteria can cause. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight, and poor dental health causes pain, discomfort and embarrassment for the individual affected. Despite this, statistics tell us that 47 percent of people in need of dental care have never seen a dentist.”

Poor dental care in children is particularly prevalent. While CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) guarantees dental coverage for millions of low-income children, not all providers will accept CHIP or Medicaid. One in five children have untreated dental cavities, making tooth decay the number one health issue among U.S. youth.

The first annual Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh event will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, 2017, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University, located at 1304 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. A team of 300 volunteers are needed in the areas of dental, medical, and general assistance. To learn more and to register as a volunteer, log on to www.mompgh.org . The deadline for volunteer registration is Friday, July 24, 2017. No registration is required for patients.

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