About Us

Dental Lifeline Network

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1974, that nationally provides access to dental care and education for people who cannot afford it and:

  • have a permanent disability or
  • who are elderly: age 65 or older or
  • who are medically fragile

Our Mission

Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care.


Through our flagship program, Donated Dental Services (DDS), dental care is provided through a national network of over 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,400 volunteer laboratories. Dental Lifeline Network has 60 staff members. Many, located throughout the United States, serve as Program Coordinators who work with these volunteers, linking them with patients in need of care.

We provide real help for real people with real problems. Every dollar donated to Dental Lifeline Network generates $8.87 in care through our flagship program, Donated Dental Services (DDS).