Donated Dental Services
Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a program that provides comprehensive dental care to the elderly and disabled.
What is the need?
In Virginia, Medicaid and Medicare do not provide dental coverage for adults. As a result, our most vulnerable populations, the elderly and disabled, are forced to live with the pain and embarrassment of poor oral health, as they often cannot afford to visit a dentist. The inability to eat, talk, or smile properly can make matters worse for those already struggling with health and age related complications. Studies have shown that poor oral health can lead to many serious health concerns including (but not limited to) heart disease, stroke, worsening of diabetes, infection, complications with pregnancy, even death.
Because of the extraordinary compassion of over 600 dentists in Virginia, DDS tends to the essential and comprehensive dental care needs of our nation’s most vulnerable people; disabled, elderly or medically-compromised individuals who cannot afford necessary treatment nor get public aid. DDS patients have slipped through the cracks of Medicaid and Medicare programs with nowhere else to turn.
To qualify for DDS you must be either 62-years-old or older, or permanently disabled. Your household income must be less that 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and you must have comprehensive dental needs (more than just a cleaning and a filling).