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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

Good Oral Health Should be a Point of Pride

According to a recent Gallup poll, 7.1% of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual—double the percentage since 2012, when Gallup first started measuring. That same poll notes that for younger people (those born between 1997 and 2003), about...
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Nine Ways to Welcome the LGBTQ+ Community to Your Dental Practice

People in the LGBTQ+ community are often more likely than the general public to postpone health care—often due to...
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Training Providers to Deliver Better Dental Care to People with Disabilities

It’s a sunny day in Philadelphia, but six oral health professionals from Michigan and Ohio are cloistered indoors at...
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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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