Recently seven 2013 Clayton State University dental hygiene graduates, one 2011 dental hygiene graduate and two dental hygiene faculty members, Joanna Harris and Dr. Ximena Zornosa, volunteered in Georgia’s second Mission of Mercy in Norcross.
The Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) is a charitable dental clinic sponsored by the Georgia Dental Association. The goal of GMOM was to provide dental care at no cost for low and no income adults while placing priority on patients suffering from dental infection or pain. The event was staffed by hundreds of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians, and community volunteers.
In addition to the two ClaytonState professors, dental hygiene graduates Carmen Quintanilla, Jessica Asdavut, Kieu Nguyen, Minh Le, Lauren Cotton, LaTasha Williams, Adilah Wazeerud-Din and Bina Patel (she’s the 2011 graduate) participated.
According to Zornosa, over a two-day period approximately 1,700 patients were treated. In addition to addressing the urgent dental needs of this population, GMOM sought to educate patients about the importance of maintaining oral health and raise awareness of the difficulty many Georgia residents face in accessing oral care.