Dental Health Foundation

What is the Mid-Peninsula Dental Health Foundation?

Since 1968 the Mid-Peninsula Dental Health Foundation has  provided dental services for disadvantaged members of our community, who have  neither dental insurance nor welfare support. It is a unique program that combines  reduced cost services and monetary funding from member dentists and others in the community. More than 5,000 clients have received assistance since its inception. Initially, only  young children were involved. As more funds became available, this client pool was expanded to include all age groups.

Who does this program serve and what services are provided?

The Dental Health Foundation serves low income individuals, including those from single parent homes, seniors living entirely on social security, immigrants and students. The Foundation serves East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Portola Valley and Mountain View.

Applicants are screened by volunteer community service organizations. Those who qualify are referred to private dental offices. In addition, youths through age 18 and seniors receive preventive education and comprehensive treatment. All age groups  are eligible for emergency care to relieve pain and infection. The Foundation Board of Directors establishes the treatment guidelines and  limitations. Volunteer dentists review all requested services to ensure that  Foundation guidelines are followed.

Are patients required to pay for services?   

Patients are required to pay a small fee for services and are given mainstream care in a private setting. This avoids the stigma associated with "poor man's clinics" and government bureaucracy.

Participating dentists accept fees much lower than their customary charges. Adults pay half of the reduced fee and children's families pay a small flat fee for  services. The Foundation then pays the dentist the remaining balance.

Who administers the program?   

Volunteer dentists and the Dental Society administers the program. This keeps the overhead very low and allows contributed funds to reach needy clients with minimal dilution. There are nine board members, and most are practicing dentists. All dentists in the program are members of the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, the California Dental  Association and the American Dental Association.

How can I help?   

Monetary contributions are always welcome and are tax deductible to the extent that the law allows.

Please send your contribution to:   
Mid-Peninsula Dental Health Foundation
220 Main Street Suite 208 A
Los Altos, CA 94022

 

 

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