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Dental Lifeline Network urges dentists to ‘just see one’

July 06, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

The old adage goes “one person can’t do everything, but every person can do one thing.”

With that sentiment in mind, the Dental Lifeline Network, a national dental nonprofit, launched a volunteer recruitment campaign in June to help increase the number of adults in need who receive dental care through the nonprofit’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.

“Dental Lifeline Network hopes to expand its network of dentists and their teams to volunteer to just see one of the many patients in need,” according to a news release.

The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides no cost, comprehensive dental treatment to people with disabilities or people who are elderly or medically fragile.

The care relies on a volunteer network of more than 15,000 dentists and 3,700 dental labs in the U.S., according to a news release. Since 1985, the program has surpassed $330 million in donated dental care for 117,000 people.

“It is very rewarding to work through DDS,” said Dr. Gregory Cecil, a volunteer dentist in Kentucky, in a news release. “It allows us to provide services that are sometimes desperately needed but not affordable — improving not only a person’s health but their appearance and self-esteem. It is always a joy to see someone smile again.”

A Donated Dental Services (DDS) coordinator arranges the appointments for patients with volunteer dentist offices’ staff. The program requires patients to arrive on time for appointments or risk being disqualified from the program.

For additional information about the program or to register as a volunteer, visit