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Founded by Dr. Jay Grossman in 1992, Homeless Not Toothless is a 501C(3) non profit program providing free dental care to the homeless and underserved. Presently, there are nearly three dozen dental offices participating in the greater Los Angeles area. Most of the patients are referred by the Venice Family Clinic and local shelters, where their dental needs and the necessity for treatment in a private practice setting are assessed.
Since its inception, Homeless Not Toothless has provided over $2,000,000 in service for this population. The dentists who volunteer their time and either pay for laboratory expenses themselves or work with labs who donate dental work as their way of contributing to this cause. In addition, the dentists and staff who work with the homeless patients do so without any financial compensation and with only the kindest and most generous of hearts.