As the number of unemployment cases grows due to the Covid-19 pandemic, dental expenses may be more burdensome for individuals and families than ever before. The unemployed need an affordable dentist, but it's tough to find one - especially during these challenging times.
Even though it is difficult to pay for dental work, the need still remains. Non-profit dentists from a variety of organizations and clinics provide cheap or free dental care to people of the community in need.
Below is an extensive list of resources, both for those looking to find free (or low cost) dental work, and for those looking to donate to the worthy cause of promoting oral health.
There are a number of databases for those seeking a non-profit dentist. You can search your specific area to find affordable dentists who do pro-bono work or offer sliding scale dental prices. There are also community health centers that offer dental care.
Non-Profit Dentist for Adults
Dentistry From the Heart
Dentistry From the Heart works to provide free dental services in The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Puerto Rico. You can go to their website to see if they have an event in your area.
Mission Of Mercy
This organization is dedicated to providing healthcare to underprivileged people across the country.
Non-Profit Dentist for Domestic Abuse Victims
Give Back A Smile
This non-profit does the noble tasks of providing dental care for victims of domestic abuse. One can apply for their services here.
Non-Profit Dentist for Senior Citizens
Non-Profit Dentist for the Handicapped and Disabled
National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
Dental Lifeline Network
This organization (also mentioned above) has a separate focus on patients with disabilities.
Traditional dentists are unfortunately often hesitant to accept patients with disabilites since their care typically takes extra time.
Non-Profit Dentist for US Veterans
US Department of Veteran Affairs
Non-Profit Dentist for Children
CHIP or Children's Health Insurance Program is part of the somewhat recent Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).
Those who qualify for CHIP are able to get their children's dental care for affordable co-pay prices that range between $25-$50. This is only available in the US.
The income eligibility requirements for this program is listed below:
Give A Kid A Smile
This organization holds events across the country providing children's dental services. To find an event for either services or to volunteer, their website has a number to call for specific and updated information.
National Children's Oral Health Foundation
This organization, also called "America's Tooth Fairy" funds programs for children's dental services. You can find their member clinic here organized by state.
Starting A Dental Non-Profit
Health Resources And Services Administrators
This branch of government provides grants for non-profit dentistry work. Starting a non-profit is noble but extremely difficult. These grants help reward and kickstart worthy organizations so fundraising is less necessary.
Brighter Image Lab
Many of these dental programs offer valuable services. However, funds are often limited which is why donating is so important.
With limited funding, many of these organizations do not offer cosmetic dentistry services, leaving people with stained, missing, or crooked teeth without options.
While Brighter Image Lab is a for-profit company, their business model has altruistic undertones. (non-profit arm is New Life Smile found at newlifesmile.org)
Their owner, Bil Watson, often posts videos on the company vlog showing the transformation of patients who have dark backstories.
New Life Smile has funded smiles created by Brighter Image Lab for ex-convicts, veterans, and victims of domestic abuse. The products, however, do not lack quality and have been used by pageant contestants and fashion models.
Brighter Image Lab's products are significantly cheaper than comparable treatments typically done at dental offices. This makes their products available to a wider demographic. They offer 100% approval financing - making their products even more affordable.
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