You may not know this, but there actually grants for dental care available. These grants help those who need a variety of dental work done to get the necessary assistance free of cost or at a lower cost. Applicants for any grants for dental care must meet certain criteria depending on the agency giving the grant. However, with the high cost of certain dental procedures, being able to get free dental grants is the only way some people can afford to get their teeth fixed and their oral health restored.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 2011 -2012, appropriately 27.4 percent of US adults aged between 20 and 44 years old and 17.5 percent of children between 5 and 19 years old have ‘untreated dental caries’. With cosmetic dentistry grants and other types of grants for oral health and dentistry, many people without health insurance or available funds can improve their smiles.
What You Need to Know About the Cosmetic Dentistry Grant Program
Under the Cosmetic Dentistry Grant Program, also referred to as the CDG program (http://www.cosmeticdentistrygrants.org/CosmeticDentistryGrants/program.jsp), successful applicants will be able to get their teeth fixed at little to no cost to them. This type of grant is not for basic dental care such as cleaning, filings, root canals, and tooth extractions. If you need those procedures, you will need to get them done before you can apply for one of these dental care grants.
A candidate for this grant must get a signed declaration from a dentist who is recommending them for the cosmetic dental grant program. The cosmetic dentistry work must also be done by the recommending dentist. This dentist must however be one participating in the program. To qualify as a participating dentist, the dentist must among other factors, be working in the USA or Canada, have a current license and agree to the terms of the grant program. To qualify, an applicant must be a resident of North America, that is, Canada or the United States of America. The grant must be taken up within three months after being awarded.
Dental Grants for Veterans
Military veterans can also improve their smiles by making use of dental grant programs such as the Grant-a-Smile program (http://www.manusdental.com/patient-resources/make-a-vet-smile/). Recipients of dental work from Manus Dental Systems in collaboration with L.K. Dental Studios are done through the Veterans Upwards Bound program (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triovub/index.html). This is one of a few dental grants for adults that are available if you know where to look.
Change a Life Foundation
The Change a Life Foundation (http://changealife.org/grantmaking-programs/funding-areas-of-interest/) is an organization that provides different types of grants including grants for dental care. The aim of this organization is to help people who through various hardships or genetics need help to improve their quality of life among other things. The grants for dental work provided by Change a Life Foundation are given to people who have oral health issues resulting from illness, accidents or genetics. Recipients must also not be in a position to pay for dental care. In 2014, the organization approved 59 grants with a monetary value of $258,709 according to their website (http://changealife.org/grantmaking-programs/grant-allocations/).
The CDA Foundation Grants
Another means of getting reasonable or even free dental care is the Dental Materials and Supplies Grant from the CDA Foundation (http://www.cdafoundation.org/scholarships-grants/dental-materials-supplies-grant).This grant is given to institutions that apply to be used to provide dentistry services to people in the community who cannot afford dental work. Crowns for Kids is also another program where free dental grants are available, however, as the name indicates, this is for kids. The funds for Crown for Kids come primarily from the donation of material used in crowns and fillings such as gold, silver and even platinum. The funds earned from these donations are given to community organizations that provide dental care for the less fortunate.
The American Dental Association (ADA) also has grants for dental work geared primarily towards toddlers and children. The Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s dental Health (http://www.nprcenter.org/funding-opportunity/ada-foundation-samuel-d-harris-fund-childrens-dental-health) provides funding to non-profits that cater to young children and their oral health needs.
Other Free or Almost Free Dental Care Programs
While they may not all technically be grants, there are a number of other dental care facilities available for persons with little or no money for dental care. One such agency is Mission of Mercy (http://www.amissionofmercy.org/who-we-help/) which provides free dental care to people who are unable to afford this type of health care.
You may also be able to access dental care from a dental school. While this is not a grant to you, the school may have received governmental or other grants to offer dental treatment to people at a reduced rate. For example the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/grantsandfunding/NIDCR_Funding_to_US_Schools/DentalSchools/GrantstoDentalInstitutions2014.htm) gives a number of research grants to dental schools yearly. These grants not only enable research, but students in some institutions are able to offer their services in dental school community health centers.