Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a program of Dental Lifeline Network. It’s a national collaboration of 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,700 volunteer labs across the country. The program has helped more than 100,000 people smile again since it was started in 1985. DDS volunteers change lives every day. Many individuals still lack access to dental treatment, with more than 200,000 practicing dentists in the US and over 12,000 people on the DDS wait list. If you still need a reason to volunteer for DDS, here’s 5!
Five Reasons to Volunteer for DDS
- Give back locally — dentists and labs treat patients in their own community. Because DDS Program Coordinators screen applicants prior to referrals, patients are local and most in need.
- Great staff experience — dental office staff can all be involved in the DDS experience. It’s a great way to build team connections.
- Make someone smile again — DDS patients are truly in need, and grateful. Patients either have a disability or are elderly or medically fragile and lack access to desperately needed dental care.
- Change a life — Establish a complete treatment plan. Restore someone’s oral health from start to finish. Bring dignity and healthy eating back into their life.
- It’s Easy & Convenient! — DDS makes it easy! Dentists can choose to see or decline any patient, treat patients in their own offices and develop the treatment plan. The coordinator also arranges specialists and lab fabrications if necessary.