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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

Servicepeople receive free care, dental home during Veterans Day of Caring

Michael Johnson grins from beneath his baseball cap, which reads “United States Army Combat Medic” in bold gold embroidery. Johnson received free dental care at My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) in Detroit as part of their Veterans Day of Caring on Nov. 3. After his appointment, he set aside time...
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Student grants support oral health equity learning beyond the classroom

You can’t learn everything in a classroom—even if it’s a really, really good one. But getting dental students out of...
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2022 Community Commitment Award Recipients Check In

In Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, about 4.7 million people live in a dental care Health Professional Shortage Area...
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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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