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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State Sugar Taxes: Sodapressing or Sweet Solution?

Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages have the potential to make our kids healthier. Introduced as the SWEET Act in 2014, the bill would add a 1% tax per every 4.2 grams of added sugar in beverages. The United States hasn’t implemented a nationwide sugar tax yet, but 6 cities have put a higher price tag on the…

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Colorado Kids Leading the Way with Healthy Choices

Seventeen thousand people live within the 1.5 square-mile Westwood neighborhood in Denver. Compared to Denver overall, Westwood residents earn just over half the median household income. Almost half the residents lack a high school degree and they have larger and more crowded households. 81% of Westwood residents are Hispanic and many are Spanish-only speakers. In…

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Get to know the Foundation’s new Executive Director

As the new Executive Director for Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Allison Cusick will be working with the Board of Directors and staff to move the Foundation into its next chapter. She aims to continue being strategically innovative to identify future opportunities like recent projects including: The Cavities Get Around “Truth Behind the Label” spot…

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The Hero Chronicles: Success Stories from The Heroes Clinic

Last month, we introduced you to the Heroes Clinic, a free dental clinic for veteran students at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. This month, we’re sharing our favorite success stories from the clinic. Thanks to the Heroes Clinic, these patients* are embracing their smile power: From Embarrassed to Employed Maureen came to…

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Need A Hero? There’s a Clinic for That.

Delta Dental of Colorado donated $1 million to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine to create the CU Heroes Clinic in 2014. Our goal: Provide a dental home with free, high-quality dental care for veteran students at CU Anschutz. The Heroes Clinic is located in the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus…

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Building An Outstanding Foundation: Improving Oral Health in Colorado Communities

The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has been active in Colorado communities for the past 15 years, working to eradicate cavities in children. Earlier this year, National Philanthropy Day recognized us as the 2015 Outstanding Foundation, an award presented to a grant-making foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment to philanthropy and community involvement. The foundation provides…

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