Through Maine’s DDS program, 157 volunteer dentists and 21 labs donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These volunteers have donated over $5.3 million in services for 1,525 people with special needs since its inception in 1999. Every dollar spent to support the volunteers generates $8 in donated care. The grant will provide 123 Mainers with $340,000 in donated dental care.
“We are very grateful to the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation for its generous financial support of the DDS Program. These monies will allow DDS to continue to help vulnerable people in Maine receive much needed comprehensive dental treatment through our wonderful volunteer dentists and labs,” said Fred Leviton, DLN President & CEO.
The Foundation’s grant help fund the costs of Maine’s DDS coordinator who determines patient eligibility, links patients with nearby volunteer dentists, monitors patient progress and arranges laboratory services and the help of specialists. Most importantly, the coordinator resolves any problems that may interfere with care and ensures patients and volunteers have a positive experience.
“We are pleased to support Maine’s Donated Dental Services program in their continued efforts to provide quality dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile,” said Jennifer McGrath, Manager, Foundation & Marketing Initiatives at Northeast Delta Dental. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with organizations like Donated Dental Services that emphasize the importance of oral health to overall health,” McGrath added.
Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for DDS by contacting:
Maine DDS Coordinator Carol Rioux at crioux@DentalLifeline.org or 207.620.8276
To volunteer, make a donation or learn more about Dental Lifeline Network visit www.DentalLifeline.org.
About Dental Lifeline Network
Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization and strategic partner of the American Dental Association whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care.
About the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation
The mission of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation is to improve the access to, and the quality of, oral health care and education for the public and the dental communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. This mission is in harmony with the mission of Northeast Delta Dental to increase access to oral health education and dental services.
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