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What are some tips for getting charity dental work?

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Dental Lifeline.org, Free Dental Care.com and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.gov) provide links and tips for finding free and affordable dental care. Dental health professionals provide these services through various means, such as state-sponsored programs, local health departments and dental schools.

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Dental Lifeline Network has three programs as of 2015: Donated Dental Services, Dental HouseCalls and Bridge/Campaign of Concern. DDS is for those who can't afford treatment and aren't on public assistance. Thousands of volunteer dentists and dental labs donate their services, but you have to meet specific eligibility qualifications. These criteria vary by state. The website lists each state's program providers and requirements. Dental HouseCalls operates in Colorado and Illinois to bring care to those who cannot travel, such as nursing home residents and the disabled. The Bridge/Campaign of Concern operates in Colorado and focuses on developmentally disabled people. This program provides dental hygienists to schools, vocational centers and residential homes.

Another program in partnership with Dental Lifeline Network is the Donated Orthodontic Services program. This service provides orthodontic treatment to low-income children in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.

FreeDentalCare.com is a website that provides access to free and low-cost dental programs across the United States. However, you must register with a user name and password, and the organization requires a small donation to access the research center. No specific donation amount is required.

HHS.gov has links to several resources, such as local health departments, dental schools and clinical trials. It also links to United Way, which has local chapters that may be able to recommend low-cost or free dental services in your area.

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