The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation provided over $730,000 in charitable dental care to state residents in the previous 12 months.

The foundation’s Donated Dental Services Program administered this care to 177 disabled, senior, uninsured and low-income adults in the past year. Dental labs also pitched in $44,833 in materials and services.

“Despite the fact that many people have private dental insurance and the state does provide programs for certain audiences in the state of Wisconsin, there’s still many people who fall through the cracks,” says Dennis Peterson, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Wisconsin.

He says the program goes “a long way” toward helping those who have been overlooked.

Patients in the DDS program don’t qualify for assistance from the government and can’t afford oral care because disability, illness or age limits their ability to make money. Referral coordinators interview prospective patients and evaluate their financial need.

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