19 Nov עופר איתן Writes: Dental Clinic – The Island Connection
by Jeannie Colson for The Island Connection
For over 31 years, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has believed in community first by assisting neighbors who live in the Sea Islands and downtown Charleston, helping them achieve a path to self-sufficiency. Among the services we provide is access to dental care, and we currently are seeking volunteer dentists to help carry out our mission.
We work to address the root causes of poverty and create systemic change by providing basic and emergency resources, education and specific health programs, as well as coordinated services in the broader community.
The lack of access to regular dental care is prevalent throughout South Carolina, especially for low-income families that are uninsured or underinsured and who live in rural and urban communities of color.
OLMCOS’ Wellness Center on the Johns Island campus is the only state-of-the-art facility within a 15-mile radius that provides free, comprehensive dental care, including debridement, deep scaling, prophylaxis, fluoride treatment, restorative dental care, CEREC crown technology, endodontic treatment and oral surgical care. Along with comprehensive care, patients receive health education for oral hygiene, disease prevention and management.
We also host a clinic to provide access to emergency dental procedures to patients outside of our normal service area.
Through mutually beneficial partnerships with the MUSC School of Dentistry and Trident Dental School, we bring oral health providers to underserved communities. In 2019, our Dental Clinic completed 13,025 procedures worth more than $1.5 million.
Right now, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has multiple positions available for licensed dentists who would like to help improve the lives of those in need by volunteering their time and talent.