DentaQuest funds Laredo Mercy dental program

July 18, 2013

DentaQuest funds Laredo Mercy dental program

Mercy Community Health Workers Sylvia Ramirez (L)

and Rosa Ramirez admire the new sterilizer.

Mercy Clinic received a grant of $5,891 from the DentaQuest Foundation which financed the purchase of new equipment which will allow for a greater patient experience.

The funds were used to purchase a larger sterilizer and a new cavitron.  The cavitron is used to clean the patient’s teeth.  The seven year Mercy dental program is staff by 5 volunteer dentists each of who volunteers approximately one Friday a month.  The program serves unfunded adults who are patients of Mercy Clinic, thus providing another component to integrated care in a medical home setting.

“We are very pleased to have received support from the DentaQuest Foundation for our dental clinic” said Sister Rosemary Welsh, coordinator of the dental program.. “The new equipment will allow our volunteer dentists to see more patients.”

Mercy Clinic is a primary healthcare clinic which serves the uninsured and impoverished.  The focus of the clinic is prevention through education and outreach leading to early detection and making the patient an advocate for his own health.

About the DentaQuest Foundation:

The DentaQuest Foundation is committed to optimal oral health for all Americans through its support of prevention and access to affordable care, and through its partnerships with funders, policymakers and community leaders. For more information, please visit

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