Forty-five students in M State’s dental programs put their skills to work as they joined nearly 500 other dental professionals for a rewarding Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Bismarck, N.D.
The Bismarck Event Center was transformed into a 50-chair portable dental clinic for the Sept. 28-29 event, which served 600 dental patients over two days by providing free dental care including cleanings, fillings, extractions and some root canals.
M State Dental Assisting students assisted dentists and oral surgeons in the oral surgery center, and Dental Hygiene students took radiographs and gave some injections. They were accompanied by M State Dental instructors Crystal Shumake, Kris Pladson, Michelle Samuelson, Sarah Desjarlais and Sydney Stoa.
Mission of Mercy is a nonprofit organization that provides free dental care to patients who are uninsured, underinsured or “fall through the cracks” of the health care system.
Here are some of the comments shared by M State Dental students who participated in the Mission of Mercy clinic:
“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing. This was such an amazing opportunity. I’m going to love my future job.”
“I had the best experience at ND Mission of Mercy this year! It was unbelievable to see the community get together to pull off this event! Nothing beat seeing the happy and grateful expressions from the patients! I am definitely in the right profession.”
“I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to volunteer at this truly incredible event. It was a humbling experience and I feel blessed to have been able to give back to those who are otherwise unable to receive the dental treatment and care they desperately need!”