Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services' mission is to provide free dental services, preventative dental education, and free oral/denture health care supplies to economically disadvantaged, disabled or elderly Eastern Oklahomans; and to seek new opportunities to provide dental services to vulnerable populations.
Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services (EODDS) is the largest, nonprofit donated dental service in the United States. The organization was launched in 2003 by three Tulsa area dentists, Dr. Gary Burnidge, Dr. Mike Kincaid and Dr. Steven Lusk, in partnership with Pam Beard and Margaret Lippert, to provide dental outreach to the underserved in Eastern Oklahoma.
In 2015, 161 EODDS volunteer dentists donated more than $5 million in free, comprehensive and restorative dental services to 2,199 new patients in Eastern Oklahoma. That figure represents more donated care than California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida combined for the same time frame.
EODDS supports two programs to serve the needs of people seeking restorative dental care. Program 1, which began in 2003, provides dental services to Eastern Oklahoma residents 65 and over or are limited by physical, mental, or emotional disabilities and receive a supplemental income. All of our applicants must provide proof of income. Those receiving SSI,SSD, SS, or SSDI, must mail a copy of their awards letter. In 2010, Program II was created to meet the needs of low-income individuals who were referred to EODDS from Healthy Women Healthy Futures, Women in Recovery, Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Medical Access Programs, and Family and Children's Services. Program II was originally funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and a Tulsa Area United Way venture grant sponsored by the J.A. and Leta Chapman Charitable Trust.
For both Program I and Program II, volunteer dentists provide free services to clients from the comfort of their own offices. Clients are pre-screened and vetted by EODDS staff, but are treated and scheduled the same as paying patients. EODDS covers the cost of all lab fees and dental hardware. In order to meet the growing demand for dental services, EODDS is seeking volunteer dentists across Eastern Oklahoma. More than 1,500 Oklahomans are currently on the EODDS waiting list.