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While you were browsing the exhibit floor at the recent Midwinter Meeting, did you meet the folks from the Supportful Foundation? It’s a unique model of delivering charitable care, and they’re ready to expand in the Chicago area.

The Supportful Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charitable foundation that promotes healthy living by facilitating programs and services that improve the well-being of individuals and communities. There are several programs under the foundation’s umbrella, but the Dental-ful program is of particular interest. 

According to the Supportful Foundation’s press release, “Dental-ful is now able to subsidize costs for dentists who perform charitable restorative dentistry while reducing financial burdens for patients so they can receive proper treatment.  This empowers and encourages dentists who want to deliver charity to underserved individuals in their community.” 

There’s a short application process, but successful applicants have much to gain. Patients receive the care they need at a price they can afford, and dentists who deliver the care do so at reduced prices for restorations and supplies, including crowns, bridges and dentures.

“The ability to connect two or more compassionate professionals for the benefit of the patient who is less fortunate is what makes the Dental-ful program really special,” Foundation Executive Director David Rodriguez said in a prepared release. “If patients come to realize the heart of the sponsoring dentists and suppliers, they will get more than a new smile.  They will get inspiration and encouragement to pass along creative forms of charity to others in their daily lives continually.”

If you didn’t get to meet them at the Midwinter Meeting, learn more about this new program online. If you think you have a patient who can benefit from this program, you’ll also find the application at the Supportful Foundation’s website.


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