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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

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 financial hardship or fear of discrimination. But postponing care means they’re more likely to have higher incidences of dental disease, pain and emergencies, all of which can have a...
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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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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...
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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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