DLN Success Story – Mother of 4 Sons Receives New Smile

Laurie with Dr. Gibbs

Laurie, DDS Patient Pictured with Dr. Gibbs, DDS Volunteer

A mother’s pride and joy is to see her kids smile and for mom’s like Laurie, she is able to smile right back at them thanks to Dental Lifeline Network’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. As a mother of four children, Laurie previously worked as a sales representative at a large company for several years until a bad car accident left her with several health issues including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. In addition, she had a failed spinal fusion and has flat back syndrome as well as mobility health issues that make it difficult for her to get around. 

Unfortunately, due to her various medical complications, Laurie isn’t able to work and was unable to afford the dental care she urgently needed. Laurie’s full upper denture didn’t fit properly, she only had three natural teeth remaining and it was difficult and painful for her to eat. Surviving on a small Social Security benefit, Laurie struggled to make ends meet while supporting her children. It seemed she had nowhere to turn for help with her teeth. 

Thankfully, DDS volunteer and MDDS member Dr. Tamara Gibb, together with New Horizons Dental Laboratory donated and fitted her with a new set of dentures that help her eat more comfortably again. Thanks to these caring volunteers, Laurie received life-changing treatment. More than 8,000 people are on wait lists for DLN’s flagship program—DDS. With support from more volunteer dentists and dental laboratories and more funding, we can serve more people

Thankfully DDS volunteer and Dr. Tamara Gibb, together with New Horizons Dental Laboratory donated and fitted her with a new set of dentures that help her eat more comfortably again.

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