A pearly white outlook

A local nonprofit provides dental services to those in need.



Neil Hasty, D.D.S., and Michael Smith, Ph.D.

Imagine having a toothache that interferes with daily activities and disrupts your concentration. Now, imagine being unable to afford treatment.

Since 2003, Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services Inc. (EODDS) has provided free dental services, preventive dental education and oral health supplies to older Oklahomans and people with disabilities or low income. 

Tulsans Pam Beard and Margaret Lippert worked for a similiar dental organization based in Oklahoma City. When that group considered closing its Tulsa office, the two proposed a similar venture to the Tulsa County Dental Society. Beard and Lippert joined forces with three other Tulsa dentists to start the nonprofit.

“Dr. Michael Kinkaid was just adamant about doing something in Tulsa,” says Michael H. Smith, EODDS executive director. “When you think about a person’s overall health ... there are different agencies to address all these issues, and when somebody has dental problems, that affects your whole life. That affects everything. I’ve had a toothache. I know how miserable that can be.”

More than 300 member dentists provided $4.4 million in donated dental services in 2013. Member dentists apply and are vetted before joining the program, which offers continuing education credits.

In addition to the dentists’ donated time, funding from foundations supports the program. Most of the funds go toward dental supplies. 

“So many of these dentists, you call them and say, ‘I’ve got a situation here, and it’s kind of an emergency,’” Smith says. “Just as quick as you can get it out, they say, ‘Send them over right now. We’ll find a way to work them in.’”

Smith says EODDS has grown into the largest dental outreach program in the country, due in part to the need, but also because of the generosity of the community.  

Eastern Oklahoma residents can apply for services online at www.eodds.org or by calling 918-742-5544. One program serves people age 65 and older who have disabilities and receive income only from Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. The second program works with low-income individuals. 

EODDS partners with the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless; the Women in Recovery program of Family & Children’s Services; and Healthy Women, Healthy Futures, a program of The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing. 

Smith joined EODDS this year after hearing about it from Kinkaid, his personal dentist. Smith knew he’d like working at the nonprofit when he retired; as a licensed professional counselor, observable results emerged more slowly than with EODDS. 

“You get immediate gratification seeing these people before and after,” Smith says. “I know this is a cosmetic issue for so many, but it’s so much more than that.”

 

EODDS and women in recovery

EODDS has served more than 160 Women in Recovery (WIR) participants since 2010. Participants receive free dental work, from filling minor cavities and root canals to major dental surgery and dentures.

Mimi Tarrasch, WIR executive senior program director, describes the partnership as nothing short of amazing. 

WIR is an alternative for eligible women who face incarceration for drug-related offenses. The program works with the court system and community partners to provide supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services.

“A WIR participant received a full set of dentures, and that changed everything,” Tarrasch says. Along with the increased opportunity for employment, “her self-esteem improved dramatically, her look softened and her outlook was much, much brighter,” she says.

“That is a huge gift for WIR participants who desperately need the services but are unable to afford them.”

The effects registered with Smith when he attended a WIR graduation.  

“They all got up and told their stories,” Smith says. “When they got up there, it showed a before-and-after picture. A lot of those women wouldn’t open their mouths. That ‘after’ picture was nothing but smiles from ear to ear.”

Tarrasch says dental care is a critical, life-changing part of the WIR program. 

“Women report being treated respectfully and know they are receiving the same quality care that a paying patient receives,” Tarrasch says. “The best part is when they leave the program and begin working, along with the hope they can maintain visits to their dentist and pay for services themselves.”

 

EODDS in the future

In 2013, Smith says EODDS funding sources provided $5.97 in dental services for every $1 granted. 

“Our goal is going from $5.97 to $6.25,” he says. “We want to give something back. We want to make every dollar go as far as we can.” 

EODDS, a Tulsa Area United Way agency, hopes to expand and is seeking member dentists throughout the area.

 

EODDS by the numbers

2,194 new patients

5,613 total dental visits

4,010 total hours donated

An average of 183 patients received
services per month

Source: EODDS 2013 end-of-year report

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Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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The Karbach Games and Competitions Arena becomes our own center of the universe Saturday at 2:00 PM for true fans of German bier. Why? Because it is ground zero for the Linde Oktoberfest Bavarian...

Cost: $40

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 South Jackson Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: River Parks
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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