The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get public aid. The program operates through a volunteer network of 15,000 dentists and 3,400 dental labs across the United States. Since its inception in 1985, our DDS program has surpassed $493 million in donated dental therapies, transforming the lives of 165,600 people.
DDS operates a program in each state. Please click here to find qualification guidelines and an application for the state where you reside.
Volunteering is easy. As a dentist, you review patient cases in advance, choose to see or decline any patient, and determine your own treatment plan. You see patients in your own office, never pay lab costs, and the program requires no extra paperwork from your staff. You treat the patient. DDS does everything else.
As a lab, you donate the appliances our patients so desperately need – including dentures, crowns and bridges. Several companies donate materials for these appliances. When donated materials are available, DDS makes the arrangements.
The Colorado Campaign of Concern (COC) Program provides oral hygiene training for individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities or their caregivers, family, or support staff. Individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability will be taught the proper techniques and materials needed to ensure a healthy mouth. Caregivers, family, or support staff will be educated on the signs, symptoms and treatment of oral health diseases as well as good oral hygiene habits, adaptive tools and techniques, and behavior management skills. This dental outreach program started in 1976 and has since continued to assist staff, family, and individuals in maintaining good oral health. The COC also helps to match clients who need dental care with a dentist who can provide the services. Campaign of Concern operates throughout the state of Colorado.