▼ Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation
The mission of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, is to improve oral health in Illinois with a focus on children. Located in Naperville, the Foundation accomplishs this mission by advancing and improving oral health access, awareness and education. The need for oral health care and education in Illinois is significant. Too many children needlessly suffer from tooth decay, which is a preventable disease.
The Foundation developed several oral health education programs that focus on the importance of preventive care, especially for children. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation promotes preventive oral health care through its Dentist By 1, Wisdom Tooth Award, Community Grants Program and Land of Smiles programs. Similar to the Foundation's advocacy efforts, these programs provide oral health resources and services to Illinois communities.
▼ Land of Smiles
Land of Smiles, an interactive oral health educational program, furthers the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's mission by teaching Illinois children how to properly care for their teeth. During the program, students help Tooth Wizard defeat his nemesis PlaqueMan by learning the habits needed to have healthy smiles. In addition to oral health lessons, children who participate in Land of Smiles receive an oral health kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a booklet packed with oral health tips. Schools receive a curriculum kit to help educators reinforce good oral health habits with students throughout the year.
▼ Dentist By 1
▼ Community Grants Program
Our community grants program provides funding to organizations that provide oral health care and/or education. With the help of our community grant recipients, we are able to improve access to care in all areas of the state.
▼ Wisdom Tooth Award
The $100,000 annual Wisdom Tooth Award recognizes one Illinois nonprofit organization that has made a significant impact on improving the oral health of Illinois children.
▼ In-kind Donations
Delta Dental of Illinois offers oral health supplies, such as toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste, as well as oral health brochures and Teeth on the Go educational kits as gifts in-kind. An oral health kit includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a quick guide for oral healthcare filled with tips for parents and caregivers in both English and Spanish.