Volunteer and Donate
The member dentists of the New Mexico Dental Association generously donate their time outside of their offices and operatories. The charitable arm of the NMDA, the New Mexico Dental Association Foundation
, was established to to inspire benevolent dental outreach and to promote dental health in New Mexico. The NMDAF oversees many great charitable programs, including the New Mexico Mission of Mercy and Donated Dental Services.
Mission of Mercy
: Thousands of local volunteers join oral health providers to put on a large scale, two day free dental clinic to provide care to low- or no-income New Mexicans who cannot pay for dental care.
The first four events (Albuquerque, Las Cruces, San Juan/Farmington, and Sandoval/Rio Rancho) provided $3.8 million in free care to over 5,700 patients. The next event is scheduled for 2017 in Albuquerque.
Donated Dental Services
: The Donated Dental Services (DDS)
program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to New Mexico’s most vulnerable people: those with permanent disabilities or who are age 60 or over. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot obtain treatment through other means. The program operates through a volunteer network of more than 185 dentists and 93 dental labs across the state. To date New Mexico’s dentists have donated over $4 million dollars in donated dental treatment through the DDS program.
Whether you are a member dentist or a just an interested member of the public, you can visit the above links to find out more about volunteering, donating, and program information.