Dental Charities Help Save Smiles

Posted on: 29 September 2015

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves how a person's teeth look. But not everyone has access to the dental treatments they need to enhance their smiles. Fortunately, there are a number of dental charities across the nation that help make dental services available to adults and children who otherwise would not be able to get the dental care they need.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation (AACDCF) provides free dental care services to individuals who are victims of domestic violence and who have suffered dental injuries as a result of domestic abuse. The Give Back a Smile program involves the participation of dental laboratories along with dentists and dental professionals who volunteer their time and services.

To be accepted into the program, applicants must get a signature from a counselor or social worker affirming that he or she is a victim of domestic violence. An applicant must also undergo an interview process before being referred to a participating dentist. In some cases, victims of natural disasters may qualify for dental care the AACDCF provides at no cost.

Oral Health America

Oral Health America (OHA) advocates for improving public health, particularly as it relates to oral health. By creating oral care awareness programs, OHA educates communities on how to increase individuals' access to dental care. The goal of the program is to reach individuals who lack access to dental care, but who are at high risk for oral health problems.

National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

The mission of the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH) is to arrange for dental services and preventive dental services for low-income physically or mentally disabled persons and elderly individuals. Participating programs nationwide provide dental services to those who qualify.

An affiliate of the American Dental Association, services are provided by volunteer dentists and dental labs. To qualify for the program's pro bono services, individuals must be uninsured and unable to pay for dental services out of pocket. In addition, an individual may not qualify for another dental assistance program. A program coordinator connects eligible individuals with volunteer dentists.

National Children's Oral Health Foundation

The National Children's Oral Health Foundation screens and treats economically disadvantaged children in an effort to provide more children with adequate oral health care. America's Tooth Fairy educates families on the importance of oral health and its effect on their general health. The program provides dental treatment and preventive dentistry through a network of community dental assistance programs and nonprofit dental clinics.