House of Mercy Dental Program is an initiative involving House of Mercy and several area dentists. The program was established to provide dental care to the adult women living at House of Mercy for whom access to needed dental services was quite problematic and often not available. The House of Mercy dental program links local volunteer dentists with House of Mercy clients. The clients are initially screened and then referred to participating dentists to be seen for specified dental services. In addition to providing much needed dental care (often involving complex restorative work), the program reinforces the importance of good oral hygiene in hopes that participants will practice these newly acquired skills on their children thus insuring they receive the care and preventative interventions they need.