One of the major areas of focus for our charitable donations is making sure Arkansans have access to dental treatment. The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation helps improve access to care through our support of the Arkansas Mission of Mercy, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and other community dental clinics.
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation contributes $100,000 every year to the Arkansas Mission of Mercy, a two-day, free dental clinic organized by the Arkansas State Dental Association.
Held in a different area of the state each year, the 2017 Arkansas Mission of Mercy was held in Jonesboro, AR and provided $1.33 million dollars’ worth of dental care to over 2,200 patients.
Since its inception in 2007, ARMOM has treated more than 22,000 people from Arkansas and surrounding states at a value of over $11 million dollars.
The 2018 Arkansas Mission of Mercy will take place in Conway, AR.
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is dedicated to improving the dental health of all Arkansans, especially children. A $2 million commitment to Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) funded the hospital’s many oral health initiatives, including an in-hospital dental clinic that opened in 2012, three mobile dental units that bring dental services to underserved children at elementary schools across Arkansas, and the “Seal the State” dental sealant program, which allows dentists and dental hygienists to travel the state and provide dental sealants to children in areas with the most need.
In addition, the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation provided ACH with $110,000 to complete the Basic Screening Survey assessment. This nationally recognized scientific study will help establish a baseline for children in our state and identify the most significant ways to improve oral health.