We achieve our mission by forming strategic partnerships and developing programs that connect volunteer dentists with people in the community who need dental care the most.
CADF currently serves Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Lee counties.
In 2016, CADF established a new partnership to provide pediatric dental care to children traveling to Austin for life-saving heart surgery through the HeartGift program.
In 2015, CADF's founder, Dr. C. Leonard Dolce, DDS, MS, was named the Texas Oral Health Champion by the Texas Oral Health Coalition.
In 2014, CADF won the Nonprofit Exellence Award (in the medium category) from Greenlights for Nonprofit Success (now Mission Capital).
In 2016 fiscal year, CADF provided over $265,000 in donated dental care to more than 1,200 patients. Patients in need may qualify for preventive, emergency and restorative care through one of five main programs/partnerships:
1. Health Alliance for Austin Musicians: Low-income working musicians are eligible for preventive, curative and in some cases restorative dental care in partnership with the St. David's Foundation).
2. St. Vincent de Paul: Working poor adults without dental insurance are eligible for emergency dental care from CADF volunteer dentists.
3. Healthy Smiles for Texans program (formerly known as Donated Dental Services): Eligible elderly and disabled Central Texans may qualify for comprehensive dental care, including dentures. This program is in partnership with the TDA Smiles Foundation).
5. HeartGift Austin: Children travelling to the United States from developing nations for life-saving heart surgery at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas are eligible for free, pre-surgical dental care.
5. Austin American-Statesman Season for Caring campaign: With this seasonal program, low-income individuals and families identified by Austin-area nonprofit organizations may receive free dental and orthodontic care by CADF volunteers.
CADF has successfully recruited over 110 private practice dentists to provide charitable dental care through one of our five programs.
Poor oral health not only leads to pain and infection, but it can make it difficult for people to eat, speak and work. For adults and seniors, poor oral health is associated with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart and pulmonary disease and life-threatening ones like oral cancer and stroke.
Thousands of Central Texans are suffering with these issues every day. Most patient's only option is to go to the emergency room for antibiotics or pain medication. The Capital Area Dental Foundation was established to end this cycle and heal those who do not have another avenue for receiving dental care.
"I had no dental coverage, but was in a lot of pain and had big holes in some of my teeth. Sometimes it hurt to eat since my gums would get really swollen. Now after being treated by Dr. Kimes, I have no pain and am no longer ashamed of my appearance. I feel confident and given the chance, I know I can be a great employee." Juliet Fiscus, CADF-Goodwill patient.
"A huge part of the journey of being a musician is to be yourself. Dr. Heggen made me feel whole again and the quality of care I received was something I never experienced before. That's priceless." Jayme Ivison, CADF-Health Alliance for Austin Musicians patient
Because Everyone Deserves to SMILE!by Danelle Walton
Thousands of our neighbors go without the dental care they need because of cost or other barriers. Many suffer silently in pain and are at risk of infection or even more serious illness.
The Capital Area Dental Foundation is a local non-profit composed of volunteers that donate life-changing dental care. Last year, we helped to provide care to over 1,200 people in Austin!
Please consider a donation of any size to help keep Austin healthy and smiling! Thank you so much!!