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Dental Lifeline Network is Dedicated to Your Healthy Aging

Posted on September 12, 2023 in Healthy Living

Dental Lifeline Network partners with dentists to provide donated dental services to some of the mos

Good oral health habits shouldn’t stop as you age, and that includes seeing a dentist for regular check-ups. As we celebrate Healthy Aging Month in September, we want to share information about a program available to older Iowans who may have barriers to accessing dental services.

What is Dental Lifeline Network?

Dental Lifeline Network began offering donated dental services in Iowa in 2005. Since then, they have treated over 2,100 patients and provided more than $8.7 million in donated oral health treatments. It takes hundreds of volunteer dentists and labs to meet patient demand in the program each year.

By participating in the Dental Lifeline Network, patients receive oral health care from volunteer providers across Iowa. You may be eligible for services through this program if you meet one of these criteria:

  • Over age 65
  • Permanently disabled
  • In need of medically necessary dental care

Learn more about Dental Lifeline Network - Iowa.

Why do aging adults require more care?

Americans keep their natural teeth much longer than before, and those who cannot leave their homes because they lack transportation or reside in nursing homes may postpone critical dental visits. 

Oral health problems like cavities, gum disease and oral cancers are more common in older adults. These problems can develop into much more significant health concerns if left untreated. This is why aging adults must seek timely dental care and regular preventive appointments to stay healthy.

Delta Dental of Iowa’s support of Dental Lifeline Network

We are proud to support the work of Dental Lifeline Network in Iowa and raise awareness of the importance of access to oral health care for aging adults. We encourage dentists and dental specialists across Iowa to consider volunteering for this terrific program and help improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable Iowa residents. Learn more about volunteering.