Some people with dental pain can suffer for years if they cannot afford proper care.
Colorado Mission of Mercy is stepping in to help meet these needs, but they go even further. All dental services are provided to anyone with no questions asked.
There is no insurance, income or residency requirement to receive free care at their large dental clinic.
The 14th annual COMOM clinic will provide free dental care to adults and children at Harrison K-8 School, located at 920 Field Ave., on September 24-25.
“It’s a huge thing for the community,” said Dr. Linda Carlson, who is helping raise funds for the event. “There are so many people who really need it. “
The school doors will open at 6 a.m. on both days. People seeking dental treatment should enter the school through the west entrance. All are welcome and are encouraged to arrive early with an allowed overnight wait. Masks are mandatory at the clinic, and all patients and volunteers will be screened for COVID-19 before entering the building.
Event co-chair Dr John Kearney said all attendees will undergo a rapid COVID test unless they have been vaccinated and bring their valid card showing proof.
“There will be plastic between the seats,” Kearney said. “All public health precautions have been taken. “
COMOM’s goal is to treat 500 patients every day on a first come, first served basis. There’s no
appointments and doors will close when the clinic has reached capacity, which can happen early in the day.
The elderly, adults, adolescents, children and infants are encouraged to come. People under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, no childcare service will be available.
In addition, people should bring water, snacks and something to read while waiting.
“COMOM set up their dental clinic in Cañon City in 2015, and the whole region displayed a ‘positive attitude’ anticipating what was needed and how to get things done,” Kearney said. “With individuals, organizations, businesses, and the Cañon City School District embracing the program, COMOM’s Board of Directors was excited to bring its dental clinic back in 2021.”
COMOM is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all. After COVID
screening, patients will meet with a health and dental provider to assess their oral health problems, and then go to a clinic ward for treatment. Patients will be able to receive fillings, extractions, cleanings and more.
People who need dentures or fins should arrive early Friday morning, even before 6 a.m., as the process is long.
More than 1,000 volunteers make the clinic possible, including nearly 200 dentists and 100 dentists
“It’s a program that literally gives people a smile on their face,” Kearney said. “I am so proud of the volunteers who will be coming from across the state to help us.
In Fremont County, many people are in financial danger and need dental care. As an indicator of poverty, students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 have been entitled to free or reduced breakfasts at higher rates than statewide in Colorado for several years.
Oral health affects the health of the whole body. It can compromise a person’s nutrition, communication, self-esteem, and ability to learn in school and find a job. Since 2007, COMOM has transformed the lives of over 17,000 patients and provided $ 15 million in dental care.
Dave and Lynda Lambert of Cañon Signature Mortgage donated $ 1,000 for the event, and they will match donations from local residents up to an additional $ 1,000. Checks can be made payable to The Rotary Foundation of Cañon City and can be deposited at 715 Main St. or call 719-269-2629 for collection.
For more information, visit www.COMOM.org or follow https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoMissionofMercy.
Questions from the public can also be directed to the COMOM hotline at 720-648-0919.