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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

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, one-third of Motor City residents don’t own a vehicle, and “four in 10 report missing work, an appointment or an outing due to lack of transportation.” When they need to leave their...
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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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Meet the 2023 DDF Diversity Scholarship Cohort

In 2021, with the goal of making dental education more accessible, helping to diversify the dental profession and...
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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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