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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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200000
Toothbrushes Donated
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800000
Lives Impacted
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$
6000000
Invested

Oral Health in Action: News and Stories

First Class of Diversity Dental Student Scholarships Announced

Evidence suggests patients of color receive better care from—and establish greater trust with—providers who look like they do. There’s just one problem: there aren’t enough of those providers to go around. Despite accounting for more than one-third of the U.S. population, fewer than 10 percent of...
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Grantmaking for Change in 2021

We know that oral and overall health are intrinsically linked. But for many people, good oral health is frequently out...
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Mind and Mouth: Why the Conversation about Mental Health Should Include Oral Health

There’s no mental health without oral health—and vice versa. People living with mental health challenges, especially...
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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

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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.

Grant Opportunities