We believe cre­at­ing healthy smiles extends beyond pro­vid­ing excep­tion­al den­tal ben­e­fits. That’s why the Delta Den­tal Com­mu­ni­ty Care Foun­da­tion makes it a pri­or­i­ty to sup­port groups and projects with the goal of improv­ing health and enhanc­ing lives in the com­mu­ni­ties we serve. While any pos­i­tive impact we can make is impor­tant, there are some sto­ries that give us all the feels, like this one that came to us from the Grady Health Sys­tem Oral Health Cen­ter.

Thanks to the Delta Den­tal Com­mu­ni­ty Care Foun­da­tion, Grady Health Sys­tem Oral Health Cen­ter was recent­ly able to pro­vide pros­thet­ic den­tal treat­ment to a young man named David.* David lost sev­er­al teeth — includ­ing his two front teeth — after being bru­tal­ly attacked by a group of strangers while walk­ing home one evening. Not only did he lose his teeth, but he lost his self-con­fi­dence and self-worth.

In addi­tion to the injuries suf­fered from his attack, David had lived for nine years with­out need­ed den­tal care or pros­thet­ics because he was unable to afford it. Thanks to your gen­er­ous grant we changed that. He was so hap­py and grate­ful to receive his den­tures. When he first put them on for a fit­ting, he sat and stared in the mir­ror for near­ly 10 min­utes. Tears of joy streamed down his face.

This was such a reward­ing expe­ri­ence for both David and the den­tal res­i­dent who assist­ed him. We would not have been able to help David in this way — and many oth­ers like him — with­out the gen­eros­i­ty of Delta Den­tal and your con­tin­ued sup­port of the Grady Oral Health Center’s Remov­able Pros­thet­ics Ini­tia­tive. Thank you.

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*This sto­ry has been mod­i­fied to pro­tect the iden­ti­ty of the patient.

Grady Health Sys­tem Oral Health Cen­ter treats an aver­age of 2,000 patients per year by pro­vid­ing a full range of pre­ven­tive, restora­tive and pros­thet­ic den­tal ser­vices. It is the only den­tal clin­ic in Metro Atlanta that exclu­sive­ly treats low-income patients liv­ing with HIV/AIDS, a pop­u­la­tion with a high rate of oral health issues. The Foun­da­tion award­ed them $10,000 in 2017, which was the first year they applied for a grant.