Mission Of Mercy

The Mission of Mercy (MOM) projects are conducted in identified, underserved areas of the state where there are not enough dental practitioners to adequately address the oral health needs of the community.

The VDA Foundation thanks the following organizations for their generous support.

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An estimated 3.8 million Virginians - more than 47% of our total population - do not have dental insurance according to the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Sixty-nine (66) localities in the Commonwealth have no dental safety net provider. Of the 67 localities that do, many of the clinics operate on a part-time basis and are overwhelmed by the number of calls for help. Without access to affordable dental care, many people -- especially those who are low-income, underinsured, disabled or seniors -- are left to suffer pain, discomfort, and embarrassment with nowhere else to turn. To address the overwhelming need for access to free oral health care, Dr. Terry Dickinson, former executive director of the Virginia Dental Association, created the Mission of Mercy (MOM) program in 2000 to provide high-quality dental care for underserved Virginians. The MOM program operates mobile clinics in strategic locations across the State, providing preventive, restorative, and surgical dental treatments to more than 2,000 low-income individuals each year.

MOM Sites Map


2022 Chesapeake Care mini-MOM: March 24-26, 2022
2022 Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center mini-MOM: March 24-26, 2022
2022 Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center mini-MOM: June 2-4, 2022
2022 Wise MOM Project: July 22-23, 2022 - DETAILS
2022 Piedmont Smiles / Fauquier County MOM Project: October 14-16, 2022 - DETAILS
2022 Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center mini-MOM: October 27-29, 2022


More Details on MOM

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2021 Special Olympics MOM Project: June 2021 – Date TBD

2021 Wise MOM Project: July 9-10, 2021

2021 Fauquier County: October 2, 2021

2021 Homeless Connect mini-MOM: November 2021 – Date TBD

Vdaf Success Stories

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You all have done a great job down at the Donated Dental Services. All the dentist that did work on my mouth did a great job. By looking at my before and after picture you saw how bad my teeth were! I am grateful for all you and the dentists have done for me. Thank you for making my life better.

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