Houston Dental Support Organization Provides Free Service for Low-Income Women

The Heartland Institute –

More than 80 dentists and dental team members have provided free of charge $47,000 worth of services to 50 disadvantaged women in Houston, Texas, an average of $938 per patient.

The patients were chosen by Dress for Success Houston, a nonprofit organization furnishing professional attire and career education to low-income women.

Dental teams provided “exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, fillings, and same-day crowns,” according to a May 2 press release from the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate of Pacific Dental Services (PDS). Smile Generation, a patient/dentist referral provider supported by PDS, helped supply the volunteer dentists, the release states.

PDS is a dental support organization (DSO) performing administrative tasks for dental practices whose owners outsource nonclinical functions.

DSO-affiliated practices cost 32 percent less per Medicaid patient to operate than standalone practices, yet in recent years, various state dental boards have “sought to restrict or limit a dentist’s ability to contract with a DSO for non-clinical support services,” the American Legislative Exchange Council reported in February.