Mission Critical: Programs That Improve Oral Health in Vulnerable Communities

Giving back impacts the oral health of Colorado’s underserved populations the most. That’s because dental disease is a chronic problem among low-income and vulnerable populations. Many advances have contributed to improved oral health in our underserved Colorado communities: Community water fluoridation reduces the gap in decay rates of Americans. The CDC says it’s the most cost-effective…

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Employees Leave a Mark on Colorado Nonprofits

We contributed $120,000 to 10 Colorado-based nonprofit organizations through our employee-driven iGive program – now that’s reason to celebrate! “Our employees are at the center of what makes our company great,” said Helen Drexler, Chief Executive Officer of Delta Dental of Colorado. “The spirit of giving back, as captured by iGive, is how we honor…

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Delta Dental of Colorado’s 5th Annual Day of Service with a Smile

Our Annual Day of Service with a Smile, presented by our community engagement program, is an opportunity for employees to make a real, tangible difference in our local community. We rounded up 31 internal employees and 38 of their family members. Our 69 volunteers divided into two groups; half were at Stapleton Central Park , and half…

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Funding Available for Oral Health Equity

Oral health is a window into individual and community well-being. At Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF), we’re committed to partnering with communities so more people have healthier smiles. Earlier this year we announced our new mission: to elevate the well-being of all Coloradans by advancing oral health equity. Our efforts to improve oral health…

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Closing the Gap Between Medical and Dental Care Visits

  Any new parent will tell you they’re often going to well-child visits. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends up to 12 checkups during the first three years of a child’s life. The regular visits create trust among pediatrician, parent, and child. According to the 2015 Colorado Health Access Survey, more than 90% of…

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The Importance of Oral Health: Spreading the Word to Colorado

Delta Dental of Colorado uniquely understands the critical connection between oral health and overall health. Beyond just giving you the ability to eat, speak, and smile, your oral health affects your overall health AND your financial health. We want our members and all Coloradans to understand this fact so that they make it a priority! For…

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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation: Making Moves Across the State

The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is working across Colorado to improve oral health by eradicating childhood tooth decay. To make good oral health a community priority, the foundation supports projects that achieve at least one of our 3 drivers of success: Improve access to evidence-based dental care. Increase the public’s awareness of and support…

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3 Innovative Ways Dental Schools are Evolving

Dental schools are transforming their teaching to reflect the rapid changes in dental science and technology. These innovations are happening locally and around the world: Integrating with Medical Care Because oral health is strongly connected to overall health, schools are looking to integrate medical and dental care. The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine trains future doctors, physician…

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Partnering Helps Communities Learn About Oral Health

On the first Tuesday every month, the Delta Dental of Colorado Tooth Fairy visits the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco campus. It’s Target Tuesday and from 4-8 p.m., families can get in for free. The Tooth Fairy is there to talk to kids and families about good oral health. She gives them toothbrushes to…

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Hygienist Breaks Down Access to Dental Care Barriers in Rural Colorado

Access to a dentist can be hard even with dental insurance. In Colorado, almost 1 of 5 adults have Medicaid coverage. Less than 12 percent of Colorado licensed dentists take part in Medicaid, due to a variety of factors. Some of those providers only treat a few enrollees while about 5% treat a significant number…

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