DDS Program – March Update

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Robin, a happy and grateful DDS patient, with Dr. Stephen Chronister from Topeka, DDS volunteer since 2007

In 1996, the Kansas Dental Association partnered with Dental Lifeline Network – Kansas to develop a Donated Dental Services (DDS) program to help Kansas residents with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other access to dental care. The Kansas DDS program is similar to 40 other state programs that will collectively generate $24.7 million in donated services by June 2014. Since inception, volunteer dentists and labs have donated nearly $8.6 million of comprehensive treatment for 2,984 vulnerable people in Kansas!

DDS Program: Year-to-Date Totals


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Donated Lab Value


Patients Treated


Average Value of Treatment


Participating Dentists


Participating Labs


Active Patients


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The DDS program restores the oral health and transforms the lives of the patients we serve, like 61-year-old Carl from Independence. Carl has hepatitis A and B, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and agoraphobia. In addition, he recently was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Carl hadn’t been to a dentist in years, and his teeth were decayed. Through DDS, he was linked with two generous volunteers: A general dentist extracted nine teeth, restored two other teeth, and donated a full upper denture and partial lower denture; and a volunteer lab fabricated the dentures at no charge.Thanks to this kind team, Carl received $6,010 in free care that restored his ability to eat! He expresses his sincere thanks:

“I have gone many years not being able to eat a lot of different food, especially healthy food.

Now I can eat healthy and better.  

There are not enough words to express how grateful I am.”

Kansas DDS Program’s Future: Although 367 Kansas dentists are already DDS volunteers, we still need more! Vulnerable people are still waiting for care, and we are currently boosting efforts to help more qualified patients. YOU can make a difference: Promote the DDS program to colleagues in your area, and please consider donating your own time and services. If you are already a DDS volunteer, thank you!