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How to Support the Work at Local Start Dental

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Underserved members of the community often lack access to affordable dental care. Local Start Dental uses a unique business model that funds dentures, tooth extractions, and dental implants, making them low-cost or free for eligible individuals. Knowing how to support Local Start Dental can help you become part of our mission and give back to those in need.

Contact us today if you’re interested in donating to Local Start Dental. Our modern clinic utilizes the latest technology to reduce costs and create high-quality dental prosthetics that restore teeth and promote oral health. Call 919.569.5533 to learn more about how you can do your part to help people reach their smile goals.

How to Support Local Start Dental

One way to support Local Start Dental is by enrolling in our dental student training program. The program uses a service-and-training model that gives students in the UNC Adams School of Dentistry hands-on experience in our office. Enrollees receive training and ongoing professional development under the supervision of experienced dental professionals. We also offer advanced clinical training for licensed dentists. A portion of the tuition and fees for these programs fund Local Start Dental’s mission to provide discounted and free dental services to patients.

How to Donate to Local Start Dental

Another way to support Local Start Dental is by donating. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit and tax-exempt organization that provides high-quality dental care to underserved adults at low or no cost. Monetary gifts enable us to restore smiles and confidence while helping dental professionals advance their skills.

You may donate any amount. However, you may wish to know how much certain dental care services cost before you pledge. Here are some amounts and what they can purchase for a person in need:

  • $75 – resin or acrylic partial dentures
  • $125 – simple tooth extraction
  • $650 – single arch denture
  • $700 – single mandibular arch denture

Donations in any amount can make dental services that were once cost-prohibitive affordable and accessible, helping community neighbors achieve beautiful, healthy smiles.

How to Donate Online

To donate, simply fill out our online form. We accept debit, credit, or PayPal. On the form, please include your:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • The amount of your monetary gift

Optionally, you may include a note about why you’re donating to Local Start Dental.

How to Donate by Mail

You can also donate by mail. Make checks payable to Local Start Dental. Please also complete our gift commitment form and submit it with your payment. On the form, include your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Pledge method and amount

We use this information for tax deduction purposes and to acknowledge your generosity.

Mail your check and the accompanying form to:

Local Start Dental

370 Jackson Street

Durham, NC 27701

We offer naming opportunities for gifts of $25,000 and more in our clinic. We also encourage the donation of the following in place of a monetary contribution:

  • Dental products
  • Equipment
  • Services
  • Supplies

For more information about making a contribution or donating in-kind products or services, contact Colleen O’Keefe at

Support Local Start Dental Today

Now that you know how to support Local Start Dental, contact us. We provide top-notch dental care to those in need. Your donations will make a real difference, helping us provide essential services to thousands of people who otherwise would not receive the treatments they require to maintain their oral health.

Every donation helps us achieve our mission of ensuring everyone has access to quality dental care. Donate today and become part of the movement toward improving oral health for all. Contact us at 919.569.5533—together, we can make great strides toward improving the lives of those who need it most.