DLN Success Story — SC Man Confidently Smiling Again

Redding, a resident of South Carolina, battles bipolar disorder, memory deficits, and cognitive impairment. His oral health had also severely deteriorated, leaving him in constant pain and making eating a difficult task. Formerly in sales, Redding now struggles to make ends meet on a small Social Security Disability benefit and paying for his much-needed dental care was entirely out of the question.

Thankfully, through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program, Redding has been able to receive treatment from DLN • South Carolina Leadership Council member Dr. Jeff Gardner since 2010. Along with Dr. Gardner, volunteers endodontist Dr. Mark Hauser, periodontist Dr. Jeff Laro, Glidewell Laboratories, Nobel Biocare, Restorative Dental Arts, and Zimmer Dental all came to his aid.

“I cannot begin to express how thankful I am and my depth of gratitude for all you have done for me. I would not be able to eat easily or have the nerve to open my mouth to smile if not for you. My deepest heartfelt thank you.” – Redding

DLN • SC has donated nearly $270,000 to more than 70 other patients just like Redding. Learn more about how much DDS has helped others in fiscal year 2015-2016 by visiting the state annual report!