Petra, 82, lives in Brooklyn with her son, who she takes care of because of his health problems. She enjoys trips to Staten Island to visit her daughter whenever possible.
Although Petra is in excellent health, her oral health was beginning to decline. All of her lower teeth were missing and her 10 year old set of dentures were loose and made it difficult to chew her food. Her physician recommended she address her dental issues before her overall health was affected. Prior to retiring, Petra worked for over 50 years at a local factory. She now survives on a small Social Security benefit. With her limited income, she was unable to afford the recommended dental treatment. It seemed she had nowhere to turn for help.
How DDS Helped
Fortunately, Petra was referred to the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and she was linked with two generous volunteers.
• Dr. Tricia Quartey donated upper and lower dentures
• Vision Dental Lab fabricated the dentures at no cost
DDS gives me a way to give back with this wonderful profession — while also treating some of the most appreciative and genuinely nicest patients in my practice.
—Dr. Tricia Quartey, DDS Volunteer
New York Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a program of Dental Lifeline Network, a national humanitarian organization and affiliate of the ADA, providing access to comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. Over 1,600 patients in New York have received treatment from over 520 volunteers.
Learn more about volunteering or to learn about DDS in your state, visit our state pages.