The Arizona dental Mission of Mercy (AZ MOM) opened the state fair premises this month for free dental treatments to the community. West-MEC’s Dental Assisting student volunteered for the two-day event, which had an estimated 1,800 patients.
West-MEC’s campus is located at 5487 N. 99th Ave., Glendale.
The event featured dentists, hygienists, technicians and volunteers coming together to clean, fill and extract teeth. The setup started when a busload of West-MEC students helped set up equipment, hook up plumbing and more. Second-year students of the program assisted doctors, manned sterilization stands and guided patients.
“We’re here to serve anyone who has a need,” AZ MOM founding member and dentist Dr. Gary Jones stated in a news release. “The aim is to detect infection, help with pain control and give patients a smile at no cost. We normally do $2 million worth of dentistry over the two days.”
Some of the responsibilities of the students included digital impressions, translation and assisting in surgical procedures. West-MEC was the only high school program volunteering at the event, with 70 students contributing their time and skills.
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