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“I have beautiful teeth now. I was afraid to smile and kept my lips
closed. Now I smile a lot. There’s no better doctor in the world than
Dr. Collins. A thousand thanks.”
–Fred (above left), a Missouri DDS patient

View the 2014-2015 Missouri DDS Annual Report

Donated Dental Services (DDS)

  • 367 volunteer dentists
  • 110 volunteer laboratories
  • $6.4 million in donated treatment to 1,559 patients since 1999

Volunteers Needed

Please volunteer! We need general dentists, specialists and labs willing to donate their skills and time, and the funding to make more treatment possible. More Information

Volunteer Now – Dentists and Labs

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• DDS volunteers provide comprehensive treatment to eligible patients
• Volunteers do not provide emergency services

Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:

• Have a permanent disability, or
• Are elderly: age 65 or older, or
• Qualify as medically fragile

Counties Closed/Open to New Applicants
If you have documentation from a physician stating that you cannot receive essential medical treatment due to your dental condition you can apply for the program even if your county is closed.

Due to lengthy wait lists, applications are not being accepted in any county.

For More Information, Contact:

Teena Paris, DDS Coordinator
573.636.4440 or tparis@DentalLifeline.org
573.635.0764 (fax)

Dental Lifeline Network • Missouri
P.O. Box 105919
Jefferson City, MO 65110

All applications must be submitted through a DDS Coordinator

Apply Now

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Success Story


Kansas City resident, Wilma (left), age 56, had her first epileptic seizure when she was 10 years old, resulting in several bad falls as an adult. Although the seizures have subsided with help from medication, she suffered a stroke from which she has largely recovered. With only a few remaining teeth, Wilma had not seen a dentist in 40 years and could not afford treatment. She hoped to return to the workforce, but an employment advisor told Wilma that her dental appearance had prevented her from being hired. Carla King, DDS, volunteered to treat Wilma, along with oral surgeon John Tanner, DDS. Ridgewood Dental Lab provided fabrications. Wilma has full upper and lower dentures and a new smile and was able to search for a new job.