Charities And Community Service
A Message From Dr.Bridenstine
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our contributions to the community. We invite you to contribute to the organizations listed below in any way you are able.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & CHARITIES
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation (AACDCF). is on a mission to assist in rebuilding the lives and dignity of survivors of domestic violence through compassionate cosmetic dental services and support programs. Our program provides restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the smile-zone at no cost to qualified survivors through our nationwide network of volunteer cosmetic dentists and our support team of laboratories and dental manufacturers.
The Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program launched May 27, 1999. Since then, AACD member dentists, dental laboratories, and other dental professionals have volunteered their time and expertise pro bono, to restore the damaged smiles of more than 1,100 survivors of intimate partner violence for a total dollar value of more than $10 million.
The mission of the Shadow Buddies Foundation is to provide emotional support through education regarding illness, disability, or medical treatments. The foundation accomplishes this mainly through unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults and increase compassion and understanding of differences.
Shadow Buddies are condition-specific dolls designed to be a friend “just like me” for seriously ill or medically challenged children. The Buddies not only provide comfort to the ill child, but also provide physicians a hands-on method of educating newly diagnosed children and their families about a particular disease or medical condition and its treatment.
Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those who need it. Every year, individual dentists and practices across the country donate their time and resources to host their own DFTH events. In support our of DFTH partners, the organization serves to recruit, unify, and promote events on a national level.
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums
The Donated Dental Services program is a volunteer network that provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to those in our communities who are the most vulnerable – particularly those who are disabled, medically fragile, or the elderly. Our network provides dental services to patients who are unable to afford treatment, nor can they qualify for public aid. Thanks to the network of over fifteen-thousand dentists and over thirty-five hundred labs who participate, our program has passed the $300 million dollar mark in donated treatments. We’ve made a positive impact on the lives of more than 100,000 people.