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May 16, 2018

Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh Hosts FREE Dental Clinic | June 29-30 at PPG Paints Arena

PITTSBURGH (date) –   Now in its second year dedicated to serving the Pittsburgh community, Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh will host a free, two-day dental clinic for adults and children Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at the PPG Paints Arena.

Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh will bring together hundreds of dentists, clinicians, nurses and general volunteers to provide two days of dental care to underserved people living in the Pittsburgh region. Services and treatment will include dental diagnoses, minor restorative fillings, extractions and cleanings, which will be provided at no charge to adults and children age two and up.

Care will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are no income or eligibility requirements.

In 2017, more than 670 Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh volunteers served 885 patients, who together received a total of 3,500 dental procedures.  The need for dental care remains significant and this year’s clinic at PPG Paints Arena will expand from 50 to 80 chairs.

“Many of those who will be served are from working families who do not have access to dental care or cannot afford dental insurance,” says Daniel Pituch, DMD, MD, one of the founders of Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh. “Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh dental clinic can be life-changing for patients, especially the homeless, the working poor, women in shelters, and children whose families do not have the means to see a dentist.  By providing care, we help underserved patients move on to a better chapter in their lives.”

The idea for establishing a Pittsburgh annual dental care event was born out of conversations between Dr. Pituch; Dr. Richard M. Celko, DMD, MBA, dental director, UPMC Health Plan; and Michael Zamagias, chairman and chief executive officer, TeleTracking Technologies, Inc., who together saw the need in the community to provide this service on an annual basis.

The connection between dental health and overall health is significant,” says Dr. Pituch. “Poor dental health can tax the immune system, and can lead to cardiovascular disease because of the inflammation and infections oral bacteria can cause. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight, and poor dental health causes pain, discomfort and embarrassment for the individual affected.

Lack of dental care can also cause individuals to seek treatment in emergency rooms when their pain becomes too great.  Emergency rooms are not equipped to provide traditional dental care, and patients leave with pain medication but no treatment.

The second annual Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh event will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena with the doors opening at 6 a.m. and clinic service beginning at 7 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.  It ends at 4 p.m. or when appointment capacity is reached.   Hundreds of volunteers are still needed in the areas of dental, medical, and general assistance.  To learn more and to register as a volunteer, log on to www.mompgh.org .    No registration is required for patients.

Follow Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/MOMPGH/ and Twitter at @MOM_PGH .

Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh is made possible  through the support of Founding Sponsor TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. and Presenting Sponsors UPMC Health Plan, UPMC and PNC Charitable TrustInformation on additional supporting sponsors is available at www.mompgh.org.


About TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.

TeleTracking, the world leader in patient flow automation solutions, believes no patient should ever have to wait for the care they need.  Founded in Pittsburgh over a quarter of a century ago, TeleTracking delivers extraordinary outcomes that have been the subject of study by the RAND Corporation, and is the perennial KLAS Patient Flow Category Leader. To learn more, visit www.teletracking.com and follow us on social media.

 


Useful sources for statistics on dental coverage and the effects of poor dental care on health:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18462995

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22514251

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21847677

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889540611005324

http://www.quintpub.com/journals/jad/archive_display_abstract.php3?journalArt=6183

https://academic.oup.com/ejo/article/35/4/515/437264

https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/data-statistics/surgeon-general

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