Dr. Angie's Dental Health Exchange (DADHE) provides low income residents of St. Joseph County with an opportunity to exchange volunteer hours for dental care. This awesome pay-it-forward project recognizes that everyone's work has value whether it is filling teeth or volunteering. To participate in the program, you must be at least 18 years old, live in St. Joseph County and have no dental insurance. Since its beginning, DADHE has provided almost two hundred dental procedures including fillings, extractions, cleanings and X-rays. Almost all of dentists in St. Joseph County have agreed to treat patients. DADHE's target population was those individuals who sought dental treatments in hospital ERs where they received antibiotics and pain medication. This care gave pain relief but did not treat the cause of the pain, so patients returned to the ER over and over again. Today, these patients can get a permanent solution to their pain. This is awesome and increasing oral health in our community.
Funded by South Bend, IN (October 2016)