Category: ‘Dentists’

A New Outlook on Life

September 4, 2014 Posted by admin

HansenKatherine could barely walk a few steps without feeling extremely tired. Struggling with COPD and emphysema, she needed oxygen to survive.

“It was so hard to breathe and I was wasting away,” she said.

The good news: Katherine was accepted into the Johns Hopkins Hospital Lung Transplant Program.

Before she could receive a life-saving double lung transplant, she needed extensive dental treatment to minimize the risk of medical complication.

Disabled with very low income, Katherine had no savings or insurance to pay for dental care.

MFDH’s Donated Dental Services restored Katherine’s dental health. Dr. Chun performed the initial exam and designed her dentures, and Dr. Kroe performed the extractions.

“I feel like a whole new person,” Katherine said of her life today.

As Katherine was recovering from her lung transplant, her husband, Bryant, also disabled with very low income, was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer, and needed surgery and chemotherapy. He also needed dental treatment.

“My few teeth – or I should say lack of them, as most had fallen out in the last few years – were sore and made it hard to eat much but soft foods,” he said.

Donated Dental Services, along with Myers Family Dentistry, donated dentures so that Bryant could eat the healthy foods he needed to fight off the destructive effects of chemotherapy and cancer.

“Without the services provided by the dentists who give their time through Donated Dental Services, it is possible that my wife and I would not be around to praise this service,” Bryant said. “It has changed both our lives and we have a refreshing new outlook on our lives going forward. Thank you so very much.”

A Reason to Smile

September 3, 2014 Posted by admin

John Warren2This is John. He is 68 years old, and has had no teeth for almost 20 years.

Thanks to the generosity of Donated Dental Services and Dr. Jay Hustead, John has a new reason to smile.

John’s family said that he wears his new dentures “all the time.”

Seeking Heroes

August 27, 2014 Posted by admin

dentist.patient 001.smSince 1989, dental professionals from Baltimore and across Maryland have joined forces with MFDH’s Donated Dental Services program to provide pro bono dental care to low-income Maryland adults disabled by injury or illness.

For 25 years, these heroic volunteers have put smiles on the faces of more than 9,000 Marylanders – individuals with traumatic brain injury, advanced diabetes, cancer, chronic mental illness, and those in need of organ transplant.

Our DDS dentists recognize that adults with disabilities who need more than routine dental services are at the greatest risk for dental health problems – and among the least likely to have reliable access to dental care. They recognize that for those without adequate income or insurance, lack of dental care can mean pain, ER visits, loss of teeth, even serious medical complications.

Our DDS dentists are committed to helping Marylanders – one smile at a time.

Come join our mission. Be a hero.

Sign up to volunteer by completing an online application or by contacting the MFDH office.