Millions of people in this country have disabilities or are elderly or medically fragile and they cannot afford dental care. In most states, Medicare does not cover dental treatment and Medicaid provides little or no dental care for adults. Dental Lifeline Network often is the last resort; yet, we only begin to meet the need. More than 17,000 people are on wait lists for Donated Dental Services (DDS), our flagship program. With support from more volunteer dentists and dental laboratories and more funding, we can serve more people.
DamiAun hadn’t had dental care for years. Without DDS, he would be in bad shape.
– Tiffany, care provider for DamiAun who has cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder and epilepsy. DamiAun pictured with Dr. Lisa Gonzales (Kansas)
“I had cancer and the treatment ruined my teeth. I cannot tell you the difference that these men and women of DDS have made.”
– Carol, a senior cancer survivor who has lupus and systemic arthritis, with Dr. Bobby Vijay (New York City)
“I can eat now. It’s great. I never felt so confident.”
– Danny (right), who served 30 years as a Navy SEAL, has Huntington’s disease and emphysema – with Dr. Ken Goodman (Michigan)
“It’s amazing how much of a difference this has made in my life.”
– Marie (left), who survived domestic abuse and a car accident, with Dr. Lisa Howard (Maine)