The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 10, 2014

Editorial: Fifth annual dental event takes care of its patients

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Some 2,000 people benefited from others’ generosity over the weekend in Enid.

They were recipients of free dental care provided during the two-day Oklahoma Mission of Mercy at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

The event is presented by Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Foundation and Oklahoma Delta Dental Oral Health Foundation, and is endorsed by Oklahoma State Department of Health. About 2,000 dental professionals and volunteers, including students from OU College of Dentistry and Tulsa Community College Dental Hygiene Program, treated patients or directed them to care. Many of those volunteers were from Enid and the area.

Dental exams, extractions, fillings, root canals and cleanings were provided free of charge.

This is the fifth year for OkMOM. Other events previously were held in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Lawton and McAlester.

OkMOM has donated more than $4 million in dental care to about 7,500 people in the first four years.

However, that doesn’t cover all of what dentists do throughout the year. Many dentists provide charitable care daily, but events such as what was seen here over the weekend are much larger and much more visible.

We were glad to see so many people came out to have issues they have been suffering show up to have then corrected.

We’d like to thank all the people involved, namely the professionals who gave their time, the volunteers who showed up to assist people and the people, organizations and businesses who donated to help fund the project.

It’s this kind of volunteerism that makes Enid and Oklahoma great places to live.