Program That Provides Free Dental Care to Thousands of Florida Residents to Continue with Governor Ron DeSantissigning of the FY 2021-22 budget.
The state budget includes $ 225,000 for the Florida Dental Association (FDA) Foundation’s Florida Dental Mission of Mercy 2022, a large-scale, two-day professional dental clinic that provides free patient care, with the goal of to serve the underinsured and underserved Floridians. who otherwise would go without care. The 2022 event will take place March 11-12, 2022 in Tallahassee at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. This year’s event will take place in Jacksonville July 30-31.
Each year, thousands of people in need of dental care visit the site, sometimes for hours, and then line up even longer to participate in the free event. Since 2014, Florida Mission of Mercy events in Tampa, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Fort Myers and Orlando have provided nearly 10,000 patients with dental care worth more than $ 9.4 million.
Every patient at the FDA Foundation’s Mission of Mercy events in Florida receives oral health education and prevention services, including a panoramic x-ray, nutritional counseling for dental disease, and a comprehensive oral exam. They also receive a recommended treatment plan and additional services based on their needs, such as cleanings, fillings, root canals, tooth extractions and even dentures and partial dentures / bridges. All at no cost to the patient.
“All Floridians should have the opportunity to have good oral health,” said Dr. Andrew Brown, President of the FDA. “We appreciate the recognition by Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature of the importance of investing in oral health as it is a critical part of overall health.
“The Florida Dental Association thanks Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida legislature for including funding for the Florida Mission of Mercy in this year’s budget,” said Brown. “This will have a huge impact on the provision of essential treatment and services to patients in need of dental care who might otherwise require temporary care from hospital emergency departments.”