Des Moines is hosting a free dental clinic this fall. Here’s what to know and how to help

During a press conference on April 27, 2022, the Iowa Mission of Mercy announced an upcoming free dental clinic in Des Moines, which will be hosted Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. 

Pictured left to right: Zach Kouri of IMOM, Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell, Kevin Baker of IMOM, and Jeff Russell of Delta Dental of Iowa.

All through a push meeting on April 27, 2022, the Iowa Mission of Mercy announced an forthcoming absolutely free dental clinic in Des Moines, which will be hosted Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. Pictured remaining to suitable: Zach Kouri of IMOM, Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell, Kevin Baker of IMOM, and Jeff Russell of Delta Dental of Iowa.

The previous time the Iowa Dental Foundation’s yearly totally free two-day dental clinic, acknowledged as the Iowa Mission of Mercy, hosted its clinic in Des Moines, the 12 months was 2013.

About $1.3 million in dental care was delivered at no expense to 1,475 individuals, claimed Zach Kouri, president of the Iowa Dental Basis and clinic chief of Iowa Mission of Mercy.

The foundation announced Wednesday for the duration of a news conference that the dental clinic is coming again to Des Moines in November. And this 12 months, Kouri hopes to provide at the very least 1,800 people $1.5 million in free dental treatment.

“I feel it is really likely to be our finest Iowa Mission of Mercy at any time,” Kouri said.

When and exactly where will the absolutely free dental clinic be held?

This year’s clinic will be hosted from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 at the Diverse Industries Developing on the Iowa Condition Fairgrounds.

Who can show up at the free dental clinic?

The clinic is open to all ages. No appointment is important.

Kouri mentioned lots of that go to do not have coverage and simply cannot afford to pay for dental treatment. The clinic also serves numerous in the Amish community and people who are unhoused, Kouri reported.

“It’s genuinely a mission of compassion … there is certainly genuinely a want — irrespective of where by sufferers live, how much revenue they make, or whether or not they have insurance, we do our ideal to accommodate all those who want dental treatment,” Kouri claimed.

“To pull this no-value party jointly, it demonstrates what I have usually identified to be genuine: We are a group that cares about just about every other,” Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell additional.

What services are available at the free dental clinic?

Persons who want to show up at the clinic are asked to carry their individual histories with them. At the clinic, folks can expect to obtain a range of products and services, this sort of as cleaning, root canals, extractions, and fillings. Kouri said there are also confined numbers of partial dentures available on a initial-come, initial-serve foundation.

Crowns, whole dentures, or implants are not provided at the clinic owing to time constraints, Kouri explained.

Volunteers and donations necessary for the no cost clinic: ‘It’s a satisfying experience’

At the information convention, Kevin Baker, the local committee chair for Iowa Mission of Mercy, stated the need for volunteers and donations.

Dental specialists are desired to volunteer, he reported, these as dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants. Baker added that community volunteers are wanted to assist direct patients to the direct destinations within the clinic and translation companies, primarily in Spanish, Bosnian, and African and Asian dialects.

“It really is a satisfying encounter,” Baker claimed.

Further more data, as effectively as opportunities to volunteer and donate, can be observed at www.iowamom.org.

Iowa Mission of Mercy started in 2008 and has due to the fact hosted several clinics throughout the point out, furnishing over 15,000 people with totally free dental care —a whole of more than $10 million in companies, according to Laurie Traetow, secretary and treasurer for the Iowa Dental Basis.

Clinics have been not held in 2020 and 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrea Sahouri covers social justice for the Des Moines Sign up. She can be contacted at [email protected], on Twitter @andreamsahouri, or by cell phone 515-284-8247.

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