Volunteer for Your Community
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.
There have been nine NM MOM events since 2010 (two in Albuquerque, two in Las Cruces, San Juan County-Farmington, Sandoval County-Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, in addition to two Mini-NM MOM events in Roswell and Clovis).During the past eleven years, 9500 volunteers have provided over 9500 patients with free care, totaling over $7 million dollars.
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 dentists and dental labs across the state.
Give Kids A Smile:
With the support of the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than five million underserved children have received free oral health services over the last 13 years. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. Across the state, New Mexico dentists participate in various Give Kids A Smile events.
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.