The Maryland Foundation of Dentistry is a
non-profit, 501(c)(3) formed in 1989 by caring dentists willing to help underserved Marylanders access dental care. More than three decades later, we are steadfast in our mission to help our fellow citizens in need. Our program provides life-changing dental care at no cost to low-income adults, disabled by chronic health conditions.
The Maryland Foundation of Dentistry program’s mission is to
facilitate pro bono dental care to improve oral health, and maintain dental function for Maryland adults with intellectual, physical, and/or developmental disabilities who are unable to pay for their dental care.
The Maryland Foundation of Dentistry, has established successful partnerships with volunteer dentists and dental laboratories throughout the state, reaffirming our commitment to improving oral health in the state of Maryland. These strong relationships have enabled our patients to receive education, intervention, and treatment.
The Maryland Foundation of Dentistry staff is a dedicated group of individuals who want to ensure that the people we are working with receive the care and treatment they deserve to live healthy lives.
We work with volunteer dentist and labs throughout the state as well as work to recruit new volunteer dentists and labs.
The Maryland Foundation of Dentistry Board, staff, volunteer dentists and volunteer laboratories, are deeply committed to helping residents throughout the state of Maryland be brought up to a good state of dental health. They leverage their knowledge and talents to help the MFD program achieve its mission and help people live healthier lives.
During Covid-19, our mission continues to ensure that eligible Marylanders with disabilities continue to receive access to pro bono dental care.
That’s why we’re asking you to JOIN US in becoming an MFD Volunteer Dentist.
Our goal is that every dental provider in the state of Maryland can treat one MFD patient a year!
The MFD program would not successful without our Patient Care Coordinators (PCCs) that facilitate the care and treatment of MFD patients. The PCCs follow patients from the day a potential patient is interviewed to the completion of a patient's dental treatment. The PCC has been trained to deal with a variety of situations and enables treatment to be successfully completed. The PCC is the person the patient and dentist contacts with questions or concerns.
To be eligible you must:
Dentists throughout the state of Maryland have volunteered to facilitate pro bono dental care to Maryland adults with intellectual, physical, and/or developmental disabilities who are unable to pay for their dental care.
Volunteer dentists are not paid for any of the services provided to the program. The dentists who volunteer for the MFD program are motivated by a desire to give something back to the community that supports their practice. For many dentists, the opportunity to get to know the referred patient and feel that they have made a significant and personal contribution is the greatest reward of all.
The laboratories that donate their services are often motivated by a desire to support the dental community in its' efforts and to perform a valuable civic duty. Some laboratories feel an added reward in strengthening a bond with a dentist by helping on a donated case. Other times, a MFD case may be an opportunity for a laboratory to show its work to a new dentist.
The PCC works with the treating dentist to find laboratories that will provide free or discounted services. Dentsply provides all replacement teeth to the program without charge to those laboratories offering a fifty percent discount or greater to the MFD. The PCC also arranges all referrals to needed specialists.
When a patient’s treatment is completed, the dentist completes and returns a value of treatment card that describes the value of the services performed. The MFD services are once in a lifetime, so after completion of treatment, you cannot apply again.
Update July 2021: Governor Hogan's and the CDC's guidelines HAVE NOT changed for health care facilities. You are REQUIRED to wear a mask and follow office protocols, while at your dental appointment with your MFD dental provider and staff. Thank you for your cooperation.