DLN • Louisiana Celebrates $10 Million and State Recognition

The Louisiana Dental Association and Dental Lifeline Network • Louisiana recently celebrated DLN’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program reaching $10 million in donated dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation naming April 26, 2017 as Dentist’s Day in the state of Louisiana in honor of this incredible milestone.

(Front row L-R) Dr. Stephen Brisco DLN •LA Board Member, Dr. David Hildebrandt DLN • LA Past-Board President and LDA President, Governor John Bel Edwards, Dr. Steve Ortego DLN • LA Board Member, Dr. Charlie Foy DLN • LA Board Member, and (back row) Dr. Bill Hall DLN • LA Board Member.

“We are proud to celebrate this huge $10 million milestone of providing donated comprehensive dental care to people with disabilities, who are elderly, or have medical conditions in Louisiana. People’s lives are transformed thanks to the generosity of DDS volunteer dentists and labs. We look forward to continuing the Louisiana DDS program and helping even more patients in the future.” – Dr. David Hildebrandt, DLN LA Past-Board President and current LDA President

DLN • LA was established in 1987 in collaboration with LDA and has helped more than 5,100 DDS patients since inception. More than 340 dentists and 75 dental labs volunteer for the DDS program in Louisiana. According to the American Dental Association, over half of vulnerable elderly patients do not have dental insurance coverage. This collaboration is one more way to assist older Louisianans with critical dental care, which is crucial to maintaining overall health.