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The DDF believes everyone deserves a healthy smile.

And we’re doing the work to make it happen. Over the past year, our investments in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina have supported programs and services that improve oral and overall health, promote health equity, and enhance the quality of life in our communities.
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Oral Health in Action: News and Stories

Bridging the Medical-Dental Divide Through Integration

Imagine: When you visit your dentist for a cleaning, they start the visit by checking your chart, which includes your full medical history. They notice that you’re on medication that can cause dry mouth, so they ensure that you understand what that means and how to lessen the impact. They also...
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Evolving the Dental Experience for the LGBTQ+ Community

How would you feel if you went to the dentist’s office and someone called you the wrong name, repeatedly referred to...
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Bringing Dental Care Directly to Kids Makes a Difference

(A group of children, teachers, and providers celebrate the opening of a school-based dental center at the Academy of...
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Our Mission at Work

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Advocating for oral health excellence and equity for those who need it most.

What We Do


Teaching the importance of good oral health across the lifespan.

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Funding the people and programs that make better oral health a reality.

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