Dental Lifeline Network • Arkansas provides those who are unable to access comprehensive dental care receive the treatment they need through its Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. Since the program’s inception 25 years ago, it has helped provide more than 1,000 people in need with more than $2.8 million in donated treatment. Patients like Carolyn, a 66-year-old woman from Clark County, Arkansas, have been able to receive life-changing care through the program.
Living on her own in a rural area, Carolyn has made it her mission to care for abandoned dogs. In order to support herself and the animals, she works part-time as a transcriptionist. Unfortunately, Carolyn suffers from several physical and mental health challenges that have been detrimental to her quality of life. In addition to these problems, her dental health had deteriorated as well. She had a broken crown and numerous cavities that caused severe discomfort and diminished her self-confidence. The cost of treatment, however, was beyond what she could afford. Living off of her part-time job and Social Security benefit makes it difficult to get by, making the treatment she needed seem out of reach.
This changed when Dr. Patrick Moseley, Jr., a DDS volunteer since 2019, came to her aid. He was able to team up with Creative Dental Arts, an Arkansas-based DDS volunteer dental lab, to provide Carolyn with two new crowns, conduct two restorations, and fit her with an amalgam. Thanks to these generous volunteers, she received the dental care she needed to restore her oral health and her confidence in her smile.
“Dr. Mosely and his staff are nothing short of fantastic. What an incredible experience,” Carolyn remarked. “Thank you so much for helping me, it means so much.”
To learn more about DLN’s programs and get involved today, visit WillYouSeeOne.org.