The Cincinnati Dental Society’s Oral Health Foundation established  their “Leave No Vet Behind Program” in 2009.    Did you know that approximately 90% of all veterans are not eligible to receive dental benefits from the VA?  To participate in the LNVB program all  applicants are screened and must meet certain financial requirements.  Once approved, they receive a dental assessment, and appointments are made at the volunteer (your) dental office for pro-bono follow-up care.  The CDS’s Oral Health Foundation has limited funding to help cover dental costs, where the work is extensive, and covers lab and sedation costs.  This is a strictly run program and appointment compliance is monitored.   Veterans from KY apply to this program.  Currently, two veterans assessed in July 2018 are in need of timely dental services in Northern Kentucky.  Please reach out if you think you can help.  You may  volunteer to perform assessments or see a client in your office.  Any assistance is welcome.  Contact Vicki Nixon at (513) 984-3222 or e-mail vicki@cincinnatidental.org . 


The only ​free ​dental clinic in Northern Kentucky is in need of Kentucky state-licensed dentists to volunteer at the clinic.  The center serves the neediest members of our community.  Dentists and their team members are welcome.  The Center can adjust to any weekday that is convenient for you and your staff.    

The Center is equipped with two dental chairs, a hygiene chair with an ultrasonic scaler, a sterilizer, and a panorax.  All stations are equipped for bitewing, cleanings, extractions and fillings.  You may bring your personal eyewear and favorite hand tools.   

As a state-licensed Special Services Clinic, the Rose Garden Clinic carries malpractice insurance for hygiene, but dentists must carry their own insurance.

The Rose Garden Center for Hope and Healing is at 2020 Madison Avenue in Covington, Kentucky. Please call the clinic at 859-261-0323 to volunteer.   The center is also happy to receive donated instruments and/or other dental supplies. 


CincySmiles Foundation is a Cincinnati-based non-profit organization that was established in 1909.  The Foundation currently provides urgently needed dental care to the underserved residents of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, with a special emphasis on those who are at risk due to poverty. Their programs, which include McMicken Dental Center, the Dental Road Crew, and their Discounted Dental Services, serve over 13,000 men, women and children every year.  

CincySmiles accepts monetary gifts and is always in need of dental supplies.  You may also consider becoming a volunteer dentist at the McMicken Dental Center.  For more information, contact CSF@cincysmiles.org or visit www.cincysmiles.org. 

Dental Lifeline Network – Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program

Dental Lifeline Network and the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program is expanding in Kentucky.  There is now a wait-list for services in the area.  This program makes it easy for dentists to provide pro bono, comprehensive dental treatment to Kentucky’s most vulnerable individuals - those with disabilities, the elderly or medically fragile who have no other way to get help. Since its inception, Kentucky DDS has provided care for over 100 individuals through a network of more than 60 volunteers. More dentists are needed to see one of the 150 pre-screened applicants on the wait-list; a DDS coordinator screens patients to determine that they qualify, the volunteer dentist chooses to see the patient and determines the treatment plan, and the coordinator arranges for specialists or donated lab services as needed. Click HERE to learn more about the DDS program and to become a volunteer.


A Member of the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

Do you love working with kids?  Have you ever been told you were a good teacher?  The Plan Ahead Smiles Program is looking for a few special dental hygienists to help spread the word of great oral health!

Tracy Laughner is an RDH and a former teacher.  She combined her passions and founded the Plan Ahead Smiles Program three years ago to provide an interactive learning experience for children about dentistry & oral health.  Tracy travels to schools in Northern Kentucky on her days off to provide programs to students.  The program has become very popular with area schools and more volunteer hygienists are needed.  Please contact Tracy at (859) 279-5614, planaheadsmilesprogram@gmail.com, and  visit planaheadsmilesprogram.org.