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.

Supporting veterans with routine dental care

Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut supported the University of Connecticut Foundation’s (UCONN) 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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Expanding access to mobile dental care

Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana partnered with Ford Motor Company and Kare Mobile to uplift minority businesses and bring mobile oral health care services to residents in southwest Detroit through the Motor City Kares initiative. Two minority-led Michigan dental health providers received a custom mobile dental clinic and the opportunity to participate in a business bootcamp offered by Lightship Foundation. Watch the program video here.

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Helping to establish healthy oral habits

The Wyoming Delta Dental Foundation supported the Healthy Little Smiles program, a partnership between the Foundation and the Wyoming Dental Association to provide oral health materials to all expecting mothers. The program gives the new moms an adult toothbrush, a gum cleaner, a toddler toothbrush, and a pamphlet with oral health tips on how to take care of their new baby’s gums and teeth. 

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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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