Free or low cost dental care.

The Dental Lifeline Network in a nationwide non-profit organization that is made up of over 15,000 dentists and over 3,000 offices and labs. Considering the thousands of locations that make up the network, there are locations in most states and counties across the nation. Another option for people to explore are community dental clinics.

Each dentist and hygienist that is part of the non-profit Lifeline program is committed to providing free or very low cost, yet high quality, dental care to the low income, disabled, elderly, and people with a medical condition. Many of the members of the network work part time providing care, however others have dedicated themselves full time to this.

These dentists are volunteering their time, guidance and services to provide extensive dental care at no charge to families and individuals across the country. They will offer coverage regardless of their income or health insurance coverage. If there is not a dental provider in the Lifeline Network that is convenient to where you live, then ask for a referral or additional advice.

The programs and services, which are all run at the local level, will help patients of all backgrounds and ages who both lack adequate income and health insurance. Maybe the individual is struggling because of such reasons including a serious disability, medical condition, or maybe they are senior citizens and live on a fixed income. Most of the programs are fairly flexible, and they try to accommodate as many people as possible. Patients may be able to save thousands of dollars on their medical bills and health care costs by using the Lifeline network.

Amount of dental care provided

The non-profit started operations over 35 years ago. During that timeframe, the charitable organization has provided assistance to, and some would say transformed the lives, of almost 200,000 patients who are low income, disabled, elderly or medically at-risk. Many children also benefit. Services are offered in all 50 states, and it is estimated that the amount of dental care provided is valued at almost $200 million dollars per year.





Type of treatment provided

The goal of the Lifeline Network is to arrange for and provide comprehensive dental treatment, cleanings, consultations and long-term preventive services to those who need help. There is a strong focus on the needy, disabled, children, elderly or medically compromised. While sites may offer emergency services, they will generally require an appointment in advance.

The exact type of dental care administered may vary based upon the over 15,000 dentists who operate as part of the Dental Lifeline Network, but the aid provided is extensive. Some will offer cleanings, consultations, fluoride and check ups. Others may offer more in depth treatment, such as tooth extractions, root canal work, crowns, or X-Ray. Patients will need to call for details.

In addition, the people who receive free dental care cannot afford necessary treatment on their own, do not have insurance, nor do they get public aid. DDS patients have slipped through the cracks of federal and state government Medicaid and Medicare programs, and basically have no where else to turn for quality yet affordable dental care.

Dental Lifeline Network contact information

To learn more about the programs or services offered, or to find a dentist that is close to where you live, dial 303.534.5360.




Assistance from dental clinics

There are a number of non-profit dental centers and programs that help millions of people every year get access to the care they need. Some are funded by federal and state government funds and grants, others by private donations, and some are run by students or volunteer dentists and hygienists. Click here for locations of reduced priced or free dental facilities in your local community, and learn about the services they provide qualified applicants.

By Jon McNamara

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