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D-Dent (PDF, 328 KB)
Dentist for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment, Inc. (D-DENT), established in 1986, is a nonprofit organization located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. D-DENT has won the Blue Cross Blue Shield Champions of Health Award three times and received the ONE (Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence) award in 2015. Services, including screenings and patient and caregiver education, are provided free of charge in a variety of settings such as senior centers and group homes. The organization also connects individuals to dentists for the provision of comprehensive services. D-DENT works with specific populations including low-income older adults (60 years and older) without insurance, Veterans, and individuals with developmental disabilities or special needs.

Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program (PDF, 365 KB)
The Delta Dental Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program, established in 2004, has provided dental care to over 22,000 children across South Dakota. The team concentrates on preventive dental care in children, rather than treating issues when they manifest into larger problems. Services include fillings, extractions, and patient education. The program, which started as a partnership between the Department of Health and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, focuses on addressing the needs of underserved individuals under age 21 who lack a dental home.

DDD Foundation, Inc. (PDF, 328 KB)
Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (DDD), established in 1999, is a nonprofit organization that only treats individuals with developmental disabilities. DDD, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is the only clinic of its kind across the state. Services include cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, dentures, and root canals. The dental clinic accepts Medicaid and most forms of commercial dental insurance.

DECOD Clinic (PDF, 366 KB)
The Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD) Clinic, established in 1974, is located in the state of Washington. Services include emergency, basic, and comprehensive care. The program targets individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities, the majority of whom receive Medical Assistance. Approximately 4,500 dental visits are made per year to the DECOD program, which is one of the few clinics in the state of Washington to provide dental services to those with moderate to severe disabilities. Further, the DECOD program uses portable equipment to make visits to homebound residents and to those in long-term care facilities. The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors selected this program as a Best Practice Project in 2007.

Delta Dental of New Jersey Special Care Center (PDF, 696 KB) Promising Program
The Delta Dental of New Jersey Special Care Center delivers dental care to individuals of all ages with disabilities in Newark, New Jersey and the surrounding regions. Individuals come from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York. Staff members are trained to work with a spectrum of individuals with disabilities including those with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and various physical, neurologic and psychiatric disorders. As part of the initiative, dental students and residents at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine rotate through the Center and actively participate in providing dental care.

Dental Clinic at Berkshire Medical Center (PDF, 327 KB)
The Dental Clinic at Berkshire Medical Center is located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The clinic runs an American Dental Association accredited dental residency program, the Berkshire Medical Center General Practice Residency Program in Dentistry. The clinic provides services including emergency care, screenings, scaling, root canals, oral surgery, and patient education. The clinic accepts all children and adults, regardless of ability to pay, and provides care to individuals with special needs, vocational rehabilitation clients, as well as individuals residing in nursing homes.

Dental Clinic at Lehigh Valley Hospital (PDF, 328 KB)
The Dental Clinic at Lehigh Valley Hospital is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Services include cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, extractions, root canals, and client education. The clinic treats children and adults at a reduced cost. Each year, the Dental Clinic provides free pediatric dental care through its participation in Give Kids a Smile Day. Staff from the Dental Clinic also operate a mobile dental clinic called Miles of Smiles, which provides dental care to approximately 11,000 children who lack access to these services.

Dental Lifeline Network (Dental HouseCalls and Campaign of Concern) (PDF, 336 KB)
The Dental Lifeline Network, established in 1974, operates a number of dental programs across the country that target low-income individuals with disabilities as well as older adults and individuals who are medically frail. One of the programs – Dental HouseCalls – is a portable dental service that offers basic and comprehensive services to individuals in residential settings and day programs. Another program – Bridge/Campaign of Concern – targets individuals with developmental disabilities. Services included in this program are screenings, referrals, and oral health education.

Dental Material Aid (PDF, 327 KB)
The Material Aid Dental Program, run by the Alpine Area Agency on Aging, is based in Silverthorne, Colorado. The program pays providers up to $500 per person for emergency, basic, and comprehensive services. The program treats low-income, older adults (ages 60 and older) without insurance who reside in five surrounding counties.

Dental OPTIONS (PDF, 361 KB)
The Dental OPTIONS (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services) program, established in 1997, aims to increase access to dental services among adults in Ohio. Through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Dental Association, the program connects individuals who need dental care with dentists. Participating dentists can choose to donate or discount care. The program focuses on low-income adults without insurance.

DentaQuest Oral Health Center (PDF, 326 KB)
DentaQuest Oral Health Center is located in Westborough, Massachusetts. The center was named the American Dental Association Preventive Practice of the Year in 2010. While the center focuses on prevention (including staff that are trained preventists), services include x-rays, fillings, dentures, bridges, crowns, root canals, orthodontics, and patient education. The program accepts children and adults, and offers payment plans to accommodate the needs of its clients.

Dentistry from the Heart (PDF, 326 KB)
Dentistry from the Heart, based in Florida, works to orchestrate global free dental care. The program depends on volunteer dentists, hygienists, and other volunteers in order to carry out its free dental events. The program estimates that each year, thousands of individuals receive three services: extractions, cleanings, and fillings. The program only accepts adults older than 18 and hosts events in all 50 states.

The Dentists’ Partnership (PDF, 737 KB) Promising Program
The Dentists’ Partnership in Battle Creek, Michigan provides free oral health care to low-income individuals without insurance in exchange for community service at local nonprofit organizations. The required number of service hours depends on the monetary value of the dental services needed by the individual, with one hour of service corresponding to $25 of dental treatment. This program allows both clients and dentists to give back, while allowing clients to gain new skills through their volunteer work.

Dientes Community Dental (PDF, 656 KB) Promising Program
Dientes Community Dental delivers affordable dental services to underserved populations of all ages in Santa Cruz County, California. The program works to combat two primary barriers to care – cost and transportation – by operating mobile facilities that visit schools, skilled nursing facilities, Head Start, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) centers in Santa Cruz County. The program’s goal is to make prevention more common than treatment.