We believe a smile can change a life.
Restoring smiles and confidence for our underserved neighbors while advancing the clinical skills of dental professionals.
Donate A Smile
Your gift enables us to make our mission a reality in the community. Your support of Local Start Dental will make an especially big impact now, in our first year, as we work to complete the clinic upfit, pay for startup expenses, and fund our initial year of rent. We can’t open the doors and start serving patients without you! Right now, donors can participate in our Giving Campaign and be recognized on our Founding Donors Wall. Your generosity will ensure that we are ready to offer free and discounted care for patients who need it most right from the start.
Life-changing Oral Care and Learning
To be a state-of-the-art dental treatment and training center focused on high-quality tooth replacement services for veterans, the elderly, and low-income adults throughout the Triangle and, eventually, across North Carolina.
The Need for Local Start Dental
How Local Start Dental Works
To achieve our vision, we will:
Care for patients at low or no cost through a closely supervised, innovative earning practicum for dental students and advanced training for experienced dentists in North Carolina and around the country.
Collaborate with area nonprofit, health, and government agencies to identify residents with serious oral health needs that cannot be met through existing organizations.
Ensure financial sustainability through a unique, integrated annual funding model that supports operating costs through a combination of continuing education tuition, discounted patient fees Medicaid and VA payments, volunteer services and philanthropy.
Develop an innovative model that can serve other communities.
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We have raised $1.7 million of our $2.1 million goal. All gifts are tax-deductible, and multi-year gifts are welcome. A Founders Wall and Plaque on permanent display in our lobby will recognize major start-up campaign gifts: Founders Wall Platinum: $250,000+ Gold:...
Construction is well underway! Finishes have been selected, concrete has been placed, and walls are currently being framed. Progress is being made every day on Jackson Street, and we are on track to open the clinic in August to start receiving patients.
We are delighted to introduce Karla Santiago as Local Start Dental's first Executive Director. Karla is an accomplished business leader with ten years in the healthcare industry where she most recently served as the Executive Director of Clinical Operations at the UNC...