Service Projects With the Academy

Projects World-Wide Led by Academy Members:

Portable dental clinic on a small island of Haafeva in Tonga

The Academy provides many areas of opportunities to be of service. 

On the bottom right-hand side of this page is a list of countries with dental service opportunities supported by the Academy or led by Academy members.  If you are interested in a specific area, (e.g., China), click on the respective link to access further information about the expeditions to that area of the world and who to contact in order to participate.

Other opportunities to Serve WITH the Academy:

  • Dental Care for Missionaries While They Serve Full-Time –  The Church’s Missionary Medical Department would like to use LDS dentists to serve full-time missionaries who need dental work.  You will be reimbursed for your service – read this link – and sign-up today!
  • Donate to the Academy Humanitarian Foundation* -100% of the financial contributions are applied directly to our dental projects throughout the world.  One area to which the funds go is the Guatemala Dental Clinic.  The Academy has a commitment to fund a major portion of the operating expenses of the clinic, which sees orphans, LDS missionaries, and those preparing for missions.
  • Donate Equipment & Supplies Academy dentists are welcome to donate usable equipment and supplies; this is where you can donate them.
  • Education Efforts & Teaching Teams – Help provide training in developing countries; every year a team goes to an area of the world to help teach those who provide service to those in needs.
  • Dental Lifeline NetworkVolunteer with their Donated Dental Services program and provide dental services in your own office, to the medically compromized, disabled, and those who are not employable and have no other medical resources. Take as many or as few patients as desired and make a difference in your own neighborhood
  • Funding Student Scholarships* – The Academy is supportive of assisting dental and hygiene students who will be our future of the dental profession.  Criteria is based upon merit, financial need, and potential for contribution to the profession.
  • Renting Equipment – Here is information about available rental dental equipment for Academy members who need equipment for humanitarian projects.
  • SUMMARY of Service Projects A brief review of various service projects associated with the Academy.  More detailed information is found on the respective web page of the each country, to the far right of this page.
  •  Serving as an Academy Mentor – This is an opportunity for established dentists to provide a great, worthwhile service to dental students and recent graduates just establishing a practice. In addition to providing guidance and advice in a wide variety of dental areas, mentors can promote over time, good ethics and choices relating not only to dentistry, but to all areas of a young dentist’s life. Please e-mail if you are interested in becoming an Academy mentor.                

For those dentists who are currently mentors, please use this online form, to track your contact with the dental student or  young dentist you are mentoring.  This will help in the progress and success of the mentor program.

* The Academy is an IRS designated 501 (c)(3) organization; donations are tax-deductible.

No matter how you desire to serve – with your time (here or abroad), with your talents and skills, or quietly, with your financial means –   your service is forever appreciated.  Thank you for giving selflessly.

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Matthew 25:40

To view a list of dental service projects sponsored by OTHER organizations, please CLICK HERE.