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Colorado Mission of Mercy

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COMOM Volunteers Hard At Work

On Sept 11th and 12th at the Adams County Regional Park Complex in Brighton, CO over 800 people volunteered at the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) event.  COMOM is a large-scale dental clinic where more than 100 portable dental stations are set up in a public arena, and dental screenings and services are provided at no charge to those who attend. This weekend alone COMOM served over 1,300 patients that underwent over 6,000 procedures amounting to over $973,000 in free dental care.

The Colorado Region of Pacific Dental Services had over 40 team members that were part of the COMOM volunteer team. It was an incredible effort by Regional Support Manager Linda Ryan and her team as she was able to recruit 50 percent of the total Colorado team to serve at the event. The team went above and beyond the call of duty, performing multiple jobs throughout the two days and doing whatever task was necessary. Many of the team members stayed past their committed time frame continuing to assist in the serving of patients.

A satisfied patient.

A satisfied patient.

Patients began getting in line at 11 pm on Thursday evening hoping to be first in line when the dental clinic opened their doors Friday at 5am. Procedures that were completed were cleanings, fillings, some root canal treatments, temporary partial dentures/denture repair, and extractions.

Many of the attendees hadn’t seen the dentist in years due to lack of dental insurance and simply not having the money for proper dental care.  One common theme was that parents in attendance had sacrificed their own oral health for the oral health of their children. This was an opportunity for the parents as well as the children to finally see a dentist.

Dr. O'Neill helping those in the community.

Dr. O'Neill helping those in the community.

After treatment patients were provided with instructions on how to care for their teeth and received a hygiene package filled with a toothbrush and toothpaste. The attendees were eternally grateful for all of the volunteers that had participated and the care that they received. “You gave me something I’d never be able to do on my own…a smile!” said one of the COMOM patients.

This weekend was an amazing example of people doing something for others without thought of something in return.

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About Kyle Guerin

Kyle Guerin is the Manager, We Serve at Pacific Dental Services®. We serve is all about using dentistry to make a difference in the world and in the hearts of those who serve. Kyle received his BA from Michigan State University and received his MBA from Vanguard University in SoCal. His passions include his wife, two sons, karaoke, and Detroit sports teams – not necessarily in that order.

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