DDS Program Milestone

$500M in donated treatment from more than 39,000 volunteer dentists and 6,500 volunteer laboratories.

Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is celebrating a milestone, having just reached $500 million in donated dental treatment from more than 39,000 volunteer dentists and 6,500 volunteer laboratories that have participated in the charitable program.

Since the launch of DLN’s first Donated Dental Services (DDS) program in 1985, the organization has exceeded half a billion dollars’ worth of treatment for 165,000 people with special needs.

The announcement comes at the same time Fred J. Leviton, president and CEO of DLN, has announced his retirement at the end of 2021 after spending 45 years with the organization. Read more in this ADA News article. 

Since Missouri became a participating DDS state in 1999, Missouri DDS volunteers have donated more than $10.7 million in dental care to 2,270 patients. Missouri currently has 368 volunteer dentists and 92 participating labs. While this is something to be proud of, the program always can use more volunteers to help serve the more than 195 applicants on the waiting list.

Learn more about becoming a DDS volunteer at dentallifeline.org/missouri.

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