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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

United We Smile providing 'life-changing,' trauma-informed dental care to kids, veterans

United We Smile (UWS) feels more like an aquarium than a dental clinic. The walls are papered with colorful underwater scenes, stuffed fish dangle from the ceiling in the waiting area, and natural light streams through the windows. There are even quiet rooms—operatories that can be darkened to...
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Self-driving shuttles will soon bring Motor City residents to dentist, other critical appointments

For a city built on and for vehicles, it doesn’t seem like transportation should be an issue in Detroit. However, ...
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Central Nine Students Learn Oral Health, Inclusive Care

By 8:30 a.m., the dental careers classroom at Central Nine Career Center is filled with scrub-wearing high school...
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Our Mission at Work


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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