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Community Support

Delta Dental of Illinois has a mission to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. To help further this mission, Delta Dental of Illinois formed the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation in March 2008. The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois and works to support and improve the oral health of people in Illinois, with a specific focus on children. Learn more about the Foundation. You can also learn more about some of the main programs of the Foundation below.

Land of Smiles

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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

Dentist By 1 logoTo educate caregivers about the importance of starting oral health habits early and visiting the dentist by age 1, the Foundation launched the “Dentist By 1” program. As part of the program, parents can take the pledge to take their child to the dentist by age 1.  In exchange, they will receive an oral health kit for their child, and the Foundation will donate an oral health kit in their honor to a child in need. In addition, the Foundation provides training focused on pediatric dental care to oral health professionals and free preventive dental care to children age 5 and under at an annual event held in different parts of Illinois each year.

Community Grants Program

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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's 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

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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 Foundation 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.