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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$100K and Counting: Grants Awarded to Improve Children’s Oral Health

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation announced funding awards for projects working to improve children’s oral health in local communities. Eleven organizations have received awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 per grant. A total of $100,962 will fund community projects across the state. This funding is part of Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s larger efforts to…

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The Village of Healthy Smiles: The Tooth Fairy’s Take

It was a cold, snowy day in Colorado, but my trusty wings safely carried me to the Village of Healthy Smiles grand opening. The Children’s Museum was fluttering with new friends, familiar faces and fairies of all ages. My friends and I shared smiles and stories. With so many fun activities, this fairy’s favorite part…

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“Cavities Get Around” Title Night with the Colorado Rapids

I know what you’re thinking: the Tooth Fairy at a soccer game…why in the world would she be there? But I have a logical explanation as to why I was at the Colorado Rapids game – you see, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation hosted “Cavities Get Around” title night with the Rapids to bring awareness about the…

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