Grant-making supports change on a local level

Our vision of a healthy smile for all includes advancing oral health equity and creating more accessible oral health care across the lifespan. Every community is unique and the people who know them best are the people who are part of them. That’s why Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation partners with communities to re-imagine how all of our…

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Working in A Culture of Giving Back

At Delta Dental of Colorado (DDCO), giving back is more than a requirement of our nonprofit status, it’s an integral part of our culture. The employees at DDCO have overwhelmingly big hearts, and we’d like to celebrate the many ways that they give back through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We encourage employees to find…

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Advancing Policy to Improve Oral Health

Communities help us understand the challenge of accessing, understanding and valuing the importance of good oral health care. With our healthcare structure divided between medical and dental care, patients are challenged to get their needs met. Unfortunately, dental benefits are not a given for most people. In the last legislative session, Colorado made a smart…

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The Power of Connection

Colorado’s San Luis Valley was home to Rural Philanthropy Days this fall. The event brings together local nonprofit professionals, community leaders, and elected officials with grant-makers from across the state. As part of the conference, attendees learn more about the area and the people who live there. The power of connection truly shines in a…

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A Healthy Smile for All

Delta Dental of Colorado is the state’s leading dental benefits company. We’re also a nonprofit with a mission to improve the oral health of the communities we serve. Our vision is, “A healthy smile for all.” Not everyone is served by the traditional dental insurance system. One out of three Coloradans lack dental insurance. Some…

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A Brief History of Dental Hygiene in Colorado

Colorado has had dental hygiene as a profession since almost the very beginning of the field of dental hygiene. We have a progressive dental hygiene scope of practice. This broad scope of practice allows many hygienists to impact the lives of thousands of Coloradans who otherwise would not be obtaining oral health care. This is…

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Reducing Stress for Families Facing Oral Health Barriers in Rural Colorado

Young children and families are experiencing stress when it comes to accessing oral health services and achieving good oral health. Here’s what it looks like: Stress is not having access to dental insurance for you and your family because you can’t afford it. Did you know that about one third of Coloradans report having no…

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Evaluating Community Oral Health

Oral health is tricky business because when compared to physical health the evidence base for our work is far more limited. We know fluoride and sealants improve oral health of individuals. Borrowing from our friends in other sectors, we know that reducing barriers to accessing care through creative and innovative models works. However, there are…

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Increased Age, Decreased Dental Care

The older adult population is set to make US history. In 2035, they will outnumber children age 18 and younger for the first time ever (at approximately 78 million). The group will grow to almost 94 million by 2060. Sadly, many will not have access to dental care, which will negatively affect their overall health. However,…

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Lifting People (and Smiles) Up

As a nonprofit it’s our responsibility, and a privilege, to give to causes that align with Delta Dental of Colorado’s mission: to improve the oral health of the communities we serve. Our vision, a healthy smile for all, inspires us to make contributions that lift people up. We embrace the spirit of the West, finding…

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