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.

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While more people can now receive oral health care through public programs in Virginia, there remains a shortage of pediatric dentists and Medicaid providers in many areas. For older adults, Medicare currently provides little or no dental coverage. Low-income adults without other options may turn to the dental safety net – community health centers and free and charitable clinics. While there are 100 dental safety net sites in Virginia, many only offer care on a part-time basis and must book appointments far in advance. Without access to affordable preventative care and dental treatment, thousands of people suffer with discomfort, broken teeth, difficulty chewing and speaking, and embarrassment associated with dental disease. 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 pop-up clinics in strategic locations across the State, providing preventive, restorative, and surgical dental treatments to more than 1,000 low-income individuals each year.

MOM Sites Map


Piedmont Smiles MOM, Warrenton: October 7, 2023
Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center mini-MOM, Abingdon: October 19-20, 2023
Central VA Health Services mini-MOM, Petersburg: November 11, 2023
Wise MOM Project, Wise: July 19-20, 2024
2023 Petersburg Mini-MOM Project: November 11, 2023


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Vdaf Success Stories

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Fredericksburg, Virginia

J.J. needed assistance with getting the dental services she needed to improve her oral and overall health. In July of 2014 she turned to DDS for help. We were able to match her with a volunteer dentist to complete a treatment plan and a few days before Thanksgiving, J.J.’s dentures were delivered! Truly a wonderful gift for J.J. and the volunteer dentist!

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