Denver, Colo.— May 19, 2016 Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, Dental Lifeline Network • New Hampshire will help 83 people with disabilities, who are elderly or medically fragile get access to the dental treatment they desperately need through its Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. With its most recent grant, the Foundation has contributed a total of $155,450 to Dental Lifeline Network • New Hampshire since 2001.
Last year, 117 vulnerable New Hampshire patients received a total of $386,274 in treatment from 153 DDS volunteer dentists and 24 dental laboratories. Since the program began, 697 people have received $2.91 million in care, thanks in large part to Northeast Delta Dental’s generosity.
Funds are needed to screen applicants, link patients with nearby volunteer dentists, arrange the help of specialists as necessary and monitor each patient’s progress. Northeast Delta Dental also contributes office space for the program coordinator.
“Since inception, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has generously provided support to the program. We appreciate the continued efforts to help individuals obtain life-changing treatment,” said Jim Williamson, Dental Lifeline Network • New Hampshire Chairman. “DDS is the last hope for people who have no other way to get help.” Other contributors are the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation and Cogswell Benevolent Trust.
Many applicants are on the wait list for donated care throughout much of the state and Northeast Delta Dental’s funding will help these individuals receive the care they need. “We are pleased that 160 dentists currently volunteer with this great program, and we hope that others will consider joining DDS too,” Williamson noted.
“We know that you cannot have good overall health without good oral health and we are proud to partner with DDS to help eliminate the financial burden that critical dental treatment can pose for these patients,” said Kathleen B. Walker, treasurer of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation.
Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for DDS by contacting Program Coordinator Jan Denson at jdenson@DentalLifeline.org or 603-223-1531. It is also possible to volunteer, make a donation or learn more about Dental Lifeline Network by visiting www.DentalLifeline.org
Dental Lifeline Network – New Hampshire 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.
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