Denver, Colo.— May 23, 2016 A Delta Dental Foundation grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Indiana for $20,000 will help nearly 320 vulnerable people receive desperately needed dental care beginning July 2015 until June 2016.
The funds will support the work of 584 dentists and 144 dental laboratories who volunteer for Donated Dental Services (DDS), a program of Dental Lifeline Network • Indiana. The volunteers donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. Each dollar spent generates $8.72 in donated care.
“Ongoing support from the Delta Dental Foundation is important to the coordination of dental treatment through our DDS volunteers,” said Dr. William C. Hine, Jr., president of Dental Lifeline Network • Indiana. “These funds directly impact patient screening, scheduling of dentists, specialists and laboratories, allowing dentists to focus on providing care in their offices on their own schedule. We are extremely grateful to the Delta Dental Foundation and other generous supporters.”
The Indiana DDS program has provided over $13.5 million in donated services to more than 4,500 patients since it began in 1991. It is part of a national network that has generated more than $300 million in services to 100,000 patients through DDS since 1986.
“We are proud to recognize the work being done by Dental Lifeline Network Indiana,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director. “By increasing access to affordable dental care, we can help improve the oral and overall health and well-being of adults by prevention serious health issues later in life.”
The DDS program is a safety net for people who suffer daily from severe dental disease, often with negative impact on their general health, and have no access or financial means to afford dental care. With the help of these grants, the DDS program will be able to provide services for more of the hundreds of individuals now on wait lists.
Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for DDS by contacting Program Coordinator Janelle Kramer at jkramer@DentalLifeline.org or 317.881.3467 for South Indiana and Adrienne Walker-Bell at 317.733.0585 or awalkerbell@DentalLifeline.org for North Indiana. It also is possible to volunteer, make a donation or learn more about Dental Lifeline Network by visiting www.DentalLifeline.org.
An Indiana Case Study
With help from Delta Dental Foundation, Dental Lifeline Network • Indiana is able to help people like Ron through its Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.
Ron, 72, from New Haven, retired from beer distribution after 30 years, and then managed a gas station until full retirement. He was diagnosed with high blood pressure and cataracts in both eyes. He lives alone and survives on a limited Social Security income. Ron’s teeth were decayed and broken at the gum line. He was concerned about infection and being unable to eat a healthy diet. Donated Dental Services (DDS) volunteer Dr. Roger Valliere came to Ron’s rescue and extracted his infected teeth. Stoller Dental Lab, one of 144 volunteer labs in Indiana donated a partial to Ron. Ron can now chew his food properly and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Dental Lifeline Network • Indiana is a humanitarian program and part of a national network providing access to comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
April Zemyan, Marketing Programs Manager