June 5, 2009
It is my pleasure to announce a new program in North Carolina that will benefit elderly and disabled North Carolinians who are without financial resources and in need of comprehensive dental care.
Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a unique program that provides 100% donated care to patients who qualify through the use of volunteer general dentists, specialists and dental laboratories. The North Carolina Dental Society endorses the DDS program wholeheartedly and we are delighted to report that our efforts to help them secure funding in our state have been successful. DDS services will soon be available to many vulnerable North Carolinians.
Here are some basics about the program that will be helpful to you:
I hope that you will share this information with individual constituents, your local area agencies on aging, and other community service organizations that serve people with disabilities. The North Carolina Dental Society will continue to work closely with the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH), the organization that operates DDS, to recruit dentist volunteers for the program so that we can help as many people as possible.
Should you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact me or call Ms. Jennifer Caplain, North Carolina Donated Dental Services Coordinator at (877) 650-9001 or (919) 677-9001 or visit the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped website.
M. Alec Parker, DMD