WEST ALLIS, WIS., Sept. 27, 2017 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is celebrating 60 years of helping improve the oral health of all Wisconsin residents.

The foundation was established in 1957 by WDA member dentists to provide tax-deductible financial support to charitable, scientific and educational oral health endeavors across Wisconsin, particularly in the dental science and public health arenas. Today, the mission of the WDA Foundation is to improve the oral health and overall well-being of Wisconsin residents while supporting the needs of the dental community.

One example of this commitment is the foundation’s Donated Dental Services program. Since 1998, more than $11.2 million in care has been donated by approximately 857 DDS volunteer dentists to 3,741 adults who cannot work due to a permanent disability, chronic illness or advanced age.

The WDA Foundation has also distributed more than $690,000 in grants to worthy oral health programs across the state since 2000.

Since 2009, the foundation and WDA have co-hosted eight Mission of Mercy events in communities statewide. Some 13,715 people have received more than $9.18 million in free care through the efforts of more than 8,000 volunteers during these two-day, large-scale dental MOM clinics.

The foundation launched its newest effort to help vulnerable children and adults have healthier smiles in 2012. To date, the WDAF Smile Program has provided $4,200 worth of toothbrushes and toothpaste to 15,700 Badger State residents.

In the last 17 years, the WDA Foundation has also awarded nearly $202,000 in scholarships to Marquette University School of Dentistry dental and state technical college dental hygiene students to help assure quality oral health care will always be available to Badger State residents.

“We are very proud of our WDA Foundation’s longevity and the work it has done for 60 years,” said WDAF President Dr. James C. Morgenroth (Brookfield).

“We’re excited to see what we can do during the next 60 years.” Morgenroth added.

Visit the WDA Foundation donor page to learn how you can help provide tax-deductible financial support for statewide charitable dental care and oral hygiene education outreach efforts.