Denver, Colo. – February 15, 2016 Topeka, Kan. – Kansas Donated Dental Services (DDS) has exceeded $10 million in comprehensive dental care contributed by volunteer dentists and dental laboratories to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and cannot afford care.
The program was opened in 1996 by Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas in conjunction with the Kansas Dental Association.
“We are very pleased to announce that we have provided access to $10 million in donated care to3,265 people since the Kansas program was established 20 years ago,” said Dr. Cynthia Sherwood, president of Dental Lifeline Network • Kansas. “This milestone is due solely to the overwhelming generosity of 342 current volunteer dentists and 61 volunteer labs who willingly offer their services to people in desperate need of treatment.”
“Kansas DDS is successful because of the wonderful dentists who donate their time andservices to improve the lives of people suffering daily from severe dental problems and cannot afford care,” said Kevin Robertson, Executive Director, Kansas Dental Association. “We actively encourage our member dentists to volunteer.”
Kansas residents can apply for the program at www.DentalLifeline.org/Kansas. Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:
• Have a permanent disability, or
• Be elderly (age 65 or older), or
• Qualify as medically fragile.
A DDS volunteer dentist sees patients in their own office on their own schedule and determines his or her own treatment plan. The dentist reviews the patient profile in advance and chooses to see or decline any patient. A DDS Coordinator serves as liaison between the dentist’s staff and the patient, ensures that the patient arranges for assistance from specialists and laboratories, and handles all paperwork. To volunteer or apply for Kansas DDS, contact Cayla Lloyd, Kansas Coordinator, at (785) 273-1900 or clloyd@DentalLifeline.org.
Dental Lifeline Network is a national dental charity providing access to comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. Through the overwhelming generosity of 15,000 volunteer dentists, 3,700 volunteer laboratories, dental products manufacturers and distributors and local communities, DLN transforms lives through the delivery of life-sustaining and even lifesaving care. These volunteers have provided over $300 million in dental treatment to more than 100,000 people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia since the start of the first program in Colorado 30 years ago.