Dental Program

Special Day Foundation recognizes the detrimental effects of poor or absent dental care on the overall health and well-being of the special needs population. The lack of availability of dental care for the developmentally disabled manifests itself in many regions throughout Florida. Special Day Foundation works with the University of Florida College of Dentistry to increase the availability and funding of dental services to special needs children and adults. For more information about participation in this program, or to receive our dental brochure, please email us

Access to oral health care for a significant number of people with developmental disabilities is dismally inadequate.

The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America states that oral health is a key component of general health and well-being. For the individual whose physical and mental functioning is impaired by a chronic, disabling condition, the consequences of poor oral health care create additional barriers that prevent them from achieving optimum levels of health, well-being and functioning.*

The lack of availability puts this population at risk for oral disease. Consequently, many of these people suffer extreme pain and continual discomfort.

Special Day Foundation is committed to providing children and adults with a whole new opportunity to receive quality dental healthcare in conjunction with the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

  There are few philanthropic foundations interested in funding dental care for anyone. Special Day Foundation is a welcomed new entry into this much ignored arena of service to special needs people.

Through Special Day Foundation, Dr. Tom Porter and the UF College of Dentistry, qualified dentists are providing specialized dental care to promote self-confidence, reduce stress and help improve certain complexities in the patient’s overall physical health, which leads to higher confidence and self-esteem. The results of these dental visits are immeasurable, and the benefits last a lifetime.

* “Access to oral health care for Florida’s Citizens with Developmental Disabilities” white paper prepared by the University of Florida College of Dentistry and Nova Southeastern School of Dental Medicine, commissioned and sponsored by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

To print application, click link below.

Dental Application.pdf

Special Day Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 110382
Bradenton, FL 34211

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Special Day Foundation relies heavily on contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and community groups. Donations help to cover costs associated with providing specialized dental care and nature-based opportunities to special needs children and adults.