Denver, Colo. – July 11, 2017 A $6,971 grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas from Delta Dental of Kansas will help cover the cost of denture fabrications for vulnerable people through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program during fiscal year 2017-2018.
The DDS program utilizes a national network of 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,500 volunteer labs who donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
The funds will be used to pay for 22 full sets of dentures and 23 partial dentures that will support the work of DLN • Kansas’ 354 DDS volunteer dentists and supplement donations from the state’s 77 volunteer laboratories. Each dollar dedicated to the Kansas program generates $11.63 in donated care.
“Our Kansas DDS program changes more lives thanks to the continued support of Delta Dental of Kansas,” said Dr. Stephen Zeller, president of Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas which was founded through a partnership with the Kansas Dental Association.
The program also receives state funding, which covers patient screening, coordination and the scheduling of dentists, specialists and laboratories, so that dentists can focus on providing patient care in their offices on their own schedule.
The Kansas DDS program has provided over $11.3 million in donated services to more than 3,520 patients since it began in 1996. It is part of a national network that has generated more than $330 million in services to 117,000 patients through DDS since 1986.
Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for DDS by contacting Program Coordinator Cayla Lloyd at clloyd@DentalLifeline.org or (785) 273-1900. It also is possible to volunteer, make a donation or learn more about Dental Lifeline Network by visiting www.DentalLifeline.org.
Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas is a dental charity and part of a national network providing access to comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
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