Kansas Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a project initiated by Dental Lifeline Network, a national humanitarian organization, and the Kansas Dental Association. Its purpose is to provide free, comprehensive care for people who are permanently disabled, elderly, or medically compromised who are unable to afford dental care.
The dentists who volunteer for DDS donate services in their own offices. Dental laboratories also contribute services. In 2015, Kansas DDS reported that 346 dentists and 79 laboratories donated a total of $676,588 in services to 225 patients.
2016 marks the 20th year of Kansas DDS. During this year, Kansas DDS will achieve a milestone of more than $10 million in donated services to vulnerable people by volunteer dentists and laboratories.
DDS coordinator, Cayla Lloyd, determines eligibility of applicants, matches patients with dentists, monitors each person’s progress, and coordinates laboratory services. For more information, call
785-273-1900 or 888-870-2066 (toll free) or apply online.
The following words of gratitude are from just two of the thank-you notes that DDS patients have sent:
“I can smile now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I have been in pain for years. Thank you for your time and help. I have a fresh start.”
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