2013 Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RIMOM)
Free Dental Clinic
On the weekend of June 1-2, 2013 the Community College of Rhode Island's Dental Hygiene
clinic at the Lincoln campus was transformed into a large-scale dental clinic with more than 25 dental chairs, digital radiography, a sterilization center, and electronic dental records.
The 2013 RIMOM Free Dental clinic was staffed with over 360 dental & medical volunteers and
over 225 community volunteers who graciously gave their time, talent and clinical expertise to provide free dental services to 929 patients. These services were available to the uninsured,
the underinsured and anyone who otherwise has difficulty getting to a dentist. At the clinic, patients underwent a health and dental evaluation, and were provided with treatment on a
first-come, first-served basis, based on their oral health needs.
There was no charge to patients who receive treatment.
"I am so grateful to the dentists and all the people who made this MOM happen. I now
have no pain, no discomfort, and can smile with nice white teeth."
— RIMOM 2013 patient
"Every time you take a new patient to their designated area they all have a story. Why
they're there, or how they got there, or even what time they got there. You realize how something as simple as a dental cleaning brings people from all walks of life to
one place. There is so much that we take for granted and it's nice to be able to give back."
— RIMOM 2013 community volunteer
"I found myself more than one time having to hold back tears. It was amazing how
appreciative and sweet the people were of us volunteers. It was a very rewarding feeling to be truly helping people that needed us."
— RIMOM 2013 professional volunteer
The RIMOM program is intended to help people in pain or with oral health problems that can
lead to more serious health issues.
*Please note - RIMOM is only a stopgap measure for people with nowhere else to turn for
dental care. It is not a health care program.