Archive for: ‘October 2014’

Silent Auction 2015

October 23, 2014 Posted by admin

The Maryland State Dental Association held its annual Chesapeake Dental Conference at the Ocean City Convention Center, Sept. 25-27.

Dental professionals from across the state spent a relaxing weekend attending courses, networking with colleagues, and enjoying social events.

A Silent Auction was held to benefit MFDH and the Donated Dental Services program.

Auction bidding3We send a heartfelt Thank You to all the donors who traveled “down the ocean” to support our mission. Your generosity raised an amazing $12,000 for DDS patients.

Popular auction items included weekend getaways and gift cards. A box of antique dental tools attracted a number of bids.

Congrats to all the lucky winners!

Changing Lives through Rotary Smiles

October 23, 2014 Posted by admin

The Rotary Club of Frederick has teamed with MFDH to create Rotary Smiles, an initiative to address urgent dental needs in Frederick County, Maryland.

There are few places in Frederick where needy residents can receive discounted or free dental care. Many residents who do not have dental insurance or adequate income often end up in hospital emergency rooms.

RR Club of Frederick3The Rotary Club of Frederick is working to improve the lives of Frederick residents.

RCF strongly believes that good oral health helps create healthy lifestyles. It wants to change local lives through Rotary Smiles.

Through generous grants from the Rotary Club of Frederick, Donated Dental Services is providing dental care at no cost to Frederick adults who are disabled by injury or illness, verifiably unable to pay for dental care, and in need of substantial dental treatment. Residents are treated in private dental practices in Frederick County.

Since Rotary Smiles began in 2013, RCF’s efforts have provided over $159,000 of free dental care to needy Frederick citizens.

“It’s been a great pairing of the Rotary Club and Donated Dental Services,” said Lilian Marsh, MFDH Executive Director. “Together we’ve had a life-altering impact on the people we have served. We can accomplish much when we use our hearts to see the suffering of others.”

Visit frederickrotaryclub.org to learn more about Rotary Smiles.

Ronald’s Story

October 10, 2014 Posted by admin

When he was only six weeks old, Ronald was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause. Growing up, he had many surgeries, all because of his brittle bones.

“He was never able to go to school or do any of the everyday things that most children do,” said Louis, Ronald’s brother. “He has spent much of his time in hospitals, beds, and wheelchairs. He has always been in pain. His bones break easily, sometimes just when turning over in bed.”

Ronald repaired antique clocks for a living. Now 64 years old, Ronald has many broken teeth, caused by his bone disease. His gums have grown over his broken teeth, making it extremely difficult to eat. “Any help would be greatly appreciated and would hopefully help him to get rid of some of his pain,” said Louis.

Thanks to our generous supporters, Donated Dental Services was able to donate extractions and dentures, so that Ronald could finally eat and chew without pain.

“Thank you so much. Nobody else has ever helped me before,” Ronald said.

“It was like winning the lottery”

October 3, 2014 Posted by admin

For disabled adults who cannot afford dental care, living without it often means pain, loss of teeth, and even health problems.

“My few teeth – or I should say lack of them, as most had fallen out – were sore and made it hard to eat,” said Bryant.

“All my front teeth were coming loose,” said Mike.

Kathy was so ashamed of her teeth, she stopped going to family events. “I rarely left the house,” she said.

Chemotherapy had rotted Debbie’s teeth, and her dental infections were traveling to her heart valve. She was afraid that her appearance would frighten her two-year-old grandson.

Access to dental care is the basis for Donated Dental Services. Through a network of more than 500 volunteer dentists, DDS provides dental care at no cost to disabled adults whose lives are shaped by chronic illness and low income.

People who experience DDS tell of a renewed appreciation for good oral health. They are able to chew and eat the foods that they need to stay healthy. And they feel better about themselves.

“Thank you for accepting my mother into the DDS program. My mother has better dental health – and a beautiful smile!” said Shantelle.

“I’m learning how to eat all over again,” said Linda.

“Having always been ashamed of my teeth, your work will affect me psychologically and socially,” said Kathleen.

“I received the best dental services in my entire life,” said Patricia.

“It was like winning the lottery,” said Michael.