December 16, 2013 — A $7,900 grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas from the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation will help cover the cost of denture fabrications for vulnerable people through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program during fiscal year 2013-2014. The grant is nearly double the amount awarded the previous year and the continuation of a past partnership.
The funds will be used to pay for 32 sets of dentures and additional fabrications from the Topeka Correctional Facility dental lab. These fabrications support the work of 370 dentists and supplement donations from 136 laboratories that volunteer for DDS. DDS volunteer dentists donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. Each dollar dedicated to the program generates $8.41 in donated care.
“Continued support from Delta Dental helps make it possible to deliver care through our volunteers to patients in severe need of dental therapies,” said Dr. Charles Squire, president of Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas which was founded through a partnership with the Kansas Dental Association. Delta Dental’s donation supplements the $70,000 provided by the state through a grant from the Kansas Bureau of Oral Health – Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
State funds granted to DDS cover 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.
“With help from the state and from Delta Dental, we anticipate that up to 225 people will receive $700,000 in dental treatment during the current fiscal year,” Dr. Squire noted.
The Kansas DDS program has provided over $8.2 million in donated services to more than 2,800 patients since it began in 1996. It is part of a national network that has generated more than $200 million in services to 120,000 patients through DDS since 1986.
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. Funding for the DDS program makes it possible to provide services for more than a hundred individuals now on wait lists.
Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for DDS by contacting Program Coordinator
A Kansas Case Study
With help from the Kansas Bureau of Oral Health – Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation, Dental Lifeline Network ● Kansas is able to help people like DamiAun of Kansas City through its Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.
DamiAun, age 29, has cerebral palsy, severe bipolar disorder and epilepsy. Unable to work due to his severe disabilities, he lives in a host home on a fixed income. DamiAun was missing teeth and needed fillings and crowns. He had not had dental care for years, because Medicaid does not cover it. Through DDS, Dr. Lisa Gonzales donated dental treatment to restore DamiAun’s oral health. DamiAun received more than $14,000 of treatment that he could not afford.
About Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas
Dental Lifeline Network ● Kansas is a nonprofit, 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. For more information, visit www.DentalLifeline.org.
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