The state of the health care industry in America is, unquestionably, complicated. A vast number of Americans are completely uninsured, and even if they are covered, many, many employers don't include dental insurance in their plans. The elderly and the young are especially at risk, as dental insurance is not part of programs like Medicare or Medicaid.
That's why Modest Needs receives heartbreaking requests from families and individuals who are suffering terribly with unseen dental issues. Like this person who can't chew properly. Or this person who "hasn't smiled in years." Or this person who is insecure about her teeth when interviewing for jobs. Or this person whose broken teeth cut his mouth while he sleeps. Or this three year old who risks serious infection. Or this single mom who put off fixing her teeth so she could escape her abusive husband. Or this person who has no choice but to eat baby food.
Helping these individuals with unaffordable dental bills goes so, so far. You restore dignity. You restore confidence. You restore pleasure. You remedy pain. You give them every reason to smile.
Want to help someone with a dental crisis? You can search our database for applications with the words "dentist," "teeth" or "dentures." And your first-time donation in 2011 will be matched, making your gift to someone in need go twice as far.
[Photo by Lin Pernille]