The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation received the following letter from the Family Healthcare of Hagerstown, a health and dental care clinic for low-income residents of Washington County, Maryland. The Foundation has awarded grants to Family Healthcare of Hagerstown since 2012.

The letter emphasizes in a quiet way how much good can be done with a strong dentist-patient-Delta Dental connection. The patient’s name was changed for privacy purposes.

Dear Delta Dental Community Care Foundation,

We want to share with you the story of one of our patients who was helped by your generous funds. Charles is a man in his thirties who was scheduled for a kidney transplant in November of 2016.

Charles lives below the poverty level, has a wife and two children and shares apartment space with his wife’s mother. His chance for a new kidney was complicated by dental decay and poor oral health.

Due to the risk of infection, Charles’ surgeon would not perform the transplant surgery until Charles had successfully addressed his dental issues. Charles’ wife is a Family Healthcare patient, so she called and explained the situation.

We immediately scheduled Charles for an exam and consultation. After three dental appointments and within two weeks of surgery, Charles had nine fillings and seven tooth extractions.

The kidney transplant surgery was performed as planned, and Charles is doing very well now. It’s not an overstatement to say that grant funds from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation helped to save Charles’ life. Thank you.

Family Healthcare of Hagerstown