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NC Dental Society Foundation Grant Breaks Barriers for Uninsured North Carolinians Seeking Dental Treatment

The ​North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Endowment is restoring smiles to Wake County citizens.

The ​North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Endowment is restoring smiles to Wake County citizens. This month, the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation presented a $5,000 check endorsed by the N​C Community Foundation to Wake Smiles of Raleigh.

Founded in 2001 by several dentists, Wake Smiles provides affordable, quality and comprehensive dental care for uninsured adults in Wake County. Wake Smiles is the only dental home in the county that cares for uninsured adults who fall within the 200% of poverty guidelines.

“We are dependent on the support of state and local agencies as well as volunteer local dentists to keep our doors open and functioning efficiently,” said Dianne Keyser, Executive Director of Wake Smiles. “Our deepest thanks to the Foundation; we would not be able to see as many patients without it.”

Since its inception, ​the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation has worked to reduce barriers in oral health care for underserved populations across the state. The Foundation provides free dental clinics for citizens who can’t afford care, and funds local efforts to help those suffering from poor oral health. The ​Foundation partners with the N​C Community Foundation to deliver grants to help local organizations aligned with the mission of improving the quality of life of underserved citizens. 

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About the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation

The North Carolina Dental Society Foundation is the charitable arm of the North Carolina Dental Society. Its mission is to improve the oral health of North Carolinians through education and support of programs that improve access to dental care. To date, it has provided nearly $50 million in free dental care to more than 250,000 patients. The NC Dental Society Foundation remains committed to serving strategic populations through the work of its outreach programs.

About the North Carolina Dental Society

The North Carolina Dental Society was founded in 1856 and remains one of the oldest dental societies in the country. Representing 3,900 member dentists across the state, our mission is to help all members succeed. The NC Dental Society is a part of the American Dental Association, the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 member dentists, and the leading source of oral health information. For more information, visit ncdental.org.

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