Delta Dental of Missouri has awarded a $12,000 grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Missouri to help vulnerable individuals in Missouri get critical dental care through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. Delta Dental of Missouri has supported DLN for more than 20 years, making possible the coordination of DDS volunteers, who have donated comprehensive treatment to thousands of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
“As a DDS volunteer, I have seen firsthand the transformative impact this program can have for patients in need,” said Dr. Michael Berry, Chair of the Dental Lifeline Network • Missouri Leadership Council. “We are grateful for Delta Dental of Missouri’s support for our mission, and look forward to using these funds to continue program coordination, enabling us to help more patients.”
“We share mutual goals with the Dental Lifeline Network—to improve oral health and provide access to vital dental care, especially for those who need it the most,” said Delta Dental of Missouri’s president and CEO, Rob Goren, who serves on the company’s charitable giving committee. “We’re so glad to know that our grant will be used to help give essential dental treatment to neighbors in need to improve their overall health and quality of life.”
Since it began in 1999, the Missouri DDS program has provided over $11.4 million in donated services to 2,376 patients. Delta Dental of Missouri’s grant is a significant contribution to the ongoing impact made by the DDS program nationally. For over 35 years, DLN has partnered with volunteer dentists, laboratories, and strategic corporate partners across the country and connected people with special needs to comprehensive dentistry. Since its inception in 1985, the DDS program has provided almost $520 million in donated treatment to over 167,000 patients across the country.