Dental Access Days (DAD) History
Dental care is either unavailable or an unaffordable luxury for many adults living in South Carolina. It is common to find residents with severe pain, discomfort, and embarrassment due to poor oral health. In order to address access to care for many indigent South Carolinians, in 2009, the South Carolina Dental Association launched a dental access initiative, DAD, which focuses on adults with the majority of care being extractions and restorative work. Each project requires $25,000-$50,000 and hundreds of volunteers to stage it.
Our first ever project took place at the North Charleston Convention Center in North Charleston, SC. The inaugural event ran from August 27-29, 2009. More than 450 people from the dental field volunteered and there were hundreds of lay volunteers from SeaCoast Church. Nearly 1500 patients were seen and almost $600,000 worth of free dental work was performed.
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The 2nd DAD project was at the Carolina First Center in Greenville, SC and ran from August 5-7, 2010. More than 420 dental volunteers and volunteers from Brookwood Baptist Church headed to the upstate to provide $740,000 worth of free dental care to 1500 patients.
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The 3rd DAD project took take place at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, SC on August 25-27, 2011. 1622 adults received dental treatment. Using existing UC insurance references, this donated care totals $1,059,648.00.
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The 4th DAD project took take place at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC on August 16-18, 2012. 1500 adults received dental treatment. Using existing UC insurance references, this donated care totals $500,000.00.
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The 5th DAD project took place at the North Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, SC August 22-24, 2013. Just over 1500 adults received dental treatment. Using exisiting UC insurance references, this donated care totals $820,000.00 in free care!