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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The Health Sign that gets Overlooked too Often

Oral health is all around us and it’s more than just a pretty smile. It is our connection to a provider that not only cares for our gums and teeth but can also look into our mouth and tell when we have other health issues in our body. As children learn to form sounds and…

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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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