Community Impact

Our impact

Delta Dental is deeply involved in our communities across the country, investing in programs that expand access to care, advance health equity, build resilient communities, and innovate for a healthier tomorrow.

While oral health has long been our focus, Delta Dental’s mission extends far beyond that. We are committed to improving the overall health of our communities so they can be strong, vibrant, and resilient.

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Community impact

Advancing our mission

Our 2021 community impact efforts focused on expanding access to care, advancing health equity, building resilient communities, and innovating for a healthier tomorrow. As a national leader in oral health giving, Delta Dental is committed to equipping all members of our communities with the tools they need to live their healthiest lives. 

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$106 million

donated throughout the U.S. in 2021 to programs expanding access to care, advancing health equity, building resilient communities, and innovating for a healthier tomorrow.

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21.3 million lives

positively impacted by Delta Dental’s philanthropic investments to support the oral and overall health of communities across the country.

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17,000 hours

volunteered by Delta Dental employees in their communities.

Community spotlight

Delta Dental is proud of the numerous and varied oral health projects undertaken across our 39 companies. We regularly rotate community spotlights below and invite you to explore the work of Delta Dental in your state through the search function at the bottom of this page.

Encouraging healthy choices and sustainability

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s H20 On the Go program provided water bottle-filling stations, reusable bottles, and toothbrushes for students at Illinois schools. In addition to supporting overall health and well-being by encouraging students to choose water, the program promotes sustainability and helps eliminate germ exposure. To date, 206 schools have received new water bottle-filling stations, impacting nearly 90,000 Illinois students.

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Improving access to oral health care

Delta Dental of Arizona partnered with HonorHealth and Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) to improve access to oral health care. Uninsured patients who visit any of five HonorHealth emergency rooms with dental issues are triaged, then directed to case workers to make appointments at NOAH Dental Clinics for treatment. In addition, transportation is arranged if needed, and patients are provided up to $1,500 in emergency dental services.

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Supporting veterans with routine dental care

Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut supported the University of Connecticut Foundation’s Open Wide for Veterans Day by providing a $10,000 SMILE Mini Grant to the Share the Care Fund. Many veterans cannot afford routine dental care, which can negatively impact both their oral and overall health. Delta Dental of New Jersey’s support covered dental treatment costs for more than 110 veterans.

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Our mission in action

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Making a difference, one smile at a time

In 2021, Delta Dental invested $106 million in efforts and initiatives that expanded access to care, advanced health equity, built resilient communities, and innovated for a healthier tomorrow.

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