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Stories to smile about: Robert

Dental care with dignity – war veteran gets his smile and his life back.

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What if a healthy smile could restore dignity, improve your quality of life and career outlook? For one very deserving man, that’s exactly what happened when he visited one of the UNLV Delta Dental Saturday Morning Community Clinics.

After many years of suffering with teeth that caused physical and emotional pain, Vietnam War veteran Robert Bennett finally received the care his smile needed at the Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic, one of four dental clinics that make up the UNLV Delta Dental Saturday Morning Community Clinics.

This is what Robert had to say to UNLV about his experience at the clinic:

“It’s not only [that I was] happy with the care, it’s the professionalism that goes along with it — it’s the way you’re treated from the time you walk through the door, to the time that you get into the chair. And then the doctors that oversee what [the dental students] do and help, they come up constantly, and they introduce themselves and let you know what you’re going to be going through.

[They] had to surgically remove almost every tooth in my mouth, or what was left of my teeth. [After receiving treatment and a full set of dentures,] I’m eating and smiling and communicating with people again. It changes your life. I mean it just gives you your dignity back. You are somebody again. And I get to apply again for a job. Look what they did!”

Robert Bennett, Vietnam War veteran

Robert’s story is especially meaningful to us at Delta Dental. Last year, The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation granted $50,000 to support these clinics, which provide much needed dental care to underinsured and uninsured people throughout Southern Nevada.

Successes like this are the reason the Foundation exists — to improve health and enhance lives in the communities we serve. We’re so grateful for partners like the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, who give us opportunities like this one to make a real difference.


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Do you have a project that qualifies for funding? Visit the Foundation’s section of our website to learn more and apply for funding.

Brightening smiles and futures in 2018

The holiday season, often referred to as the “season of giving”, is winding down. But why limit giving to a couple months out of the year? Thanks to some incredible organizations and charities, the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation* donated nearly $16 million to support more than 400 projects throughout 2018, each with the goal of building healthier, happier communities. 

As the year comes to an end, we’d like to thank these partners, and highlight just a few of the great projects we had the opportunity to sponsor in 2018. Take a look.

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We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings! In the years to come, we pledge to give at least 10% of our net income back to charitable organizations aligned with our purpose: Creating smiles. Improving health. Enhancing lives.®

If you have a project you want sponsored, learn about our funding options and apply on the Community Center section of our website.

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*The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of our Delta Dental enterprise. It provides funding and support to advance research, education and access to dental care across our enterprise. Our Delta Dental enterprise includes these companies in these states: Delta Dental of California — CA, Delta Dental of the District of Columbia — DC, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania — PA & MD, Delta Dental of West Virginia, Inc. — WV, Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc. — DE, Delta Dental of New York, Inc. — NY, Delta Dental Insurance Company — AL, DC, FL, GA, LA, MS, MT, NV, TX and UT. All of our companies are members, or affiliates of members, of the Delta Dental Plans Association.

Get healthy, give healthy

With the right dental benefits carrier, creating healthy smiles can be easy. But what if your carrier could also help create healthier communities?

“Giving back” is a simple phrase, but sometimes finding the resources to get a project started is not so simple. That’s why we make it a priority to sponsor groups and organizations who work to advance oral health research, education and access to care for those in need. And now, you can learn about funding options and apply on the new Community Center section of our website.

What types of funding are available?
Three types of funding programs are available through the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation (DDCCF):

  • If your project involves supporting dental clinics or outreach programs for underserved communities, you might want to apply for the Access to Care Grant.
  • The Oral Health Education Fund might be the best option for your project if it involves education to raise oral health awareness in vulnerable populations.
  • If you’re working on a research project with big potential for improving oral health and reducing treatment costs, the Scientific Research Grant might be a good fit.

What if I want funding for a project that’s not directly related to dental health?
That’s fine! There’s a separate community fund for projects that support overall health and well-being like disaster relief or community service initiatives.

What’s an example of a recent project that was funded?
Recently, the UCLA School of Dentistry was awarded a $1.5 million grant to launch a community-based education program. Not only will this project expand training for dental students, but it will also help widen access to dental care for California’s underserved patients. Check out the full story.

Be sure to visit the Community Center to see if your project qualifies for funding! And if you have any questions, please send us an email.

Bright smiles for a brighter future

While our main focus is keeping nearly 36 million enrollees’ smiles healthy, we also play a big part in keeping communities healthy. That’s why we invest in the communities we serve by giving back, supporting oral health education and taking care of the environment. Take a look.

Philanthropy
Every year, we donate a portion of our collective companies’ net income. That money supports almost 400 dental clinics, sponsors a wealth of scholarships and provides grants for oral health programs.1 Here are some of the ways we’ve helped recently:

Educational outreach
In addition to supporting dental students, children are also a priority when it comes to oral health education. Over the last five years, our Dental Wellness & Education Initiative has benefitted more than 40,000 children through the fun, free presentations and resources we offer to public schools across the country.

A main feature of this program is Ratoncito Pérez, the Hispanic counterpart to the Tooth Fairy, who helps us connect with the growing number of bicultural children. This legendary character visits elementary schools to teach children about the importance of oral hygiene in an entertaining way. In 2015, Ratoncito also became the star of the award-winning educational video, “The Adventures of Ratoncito Pérez”.

Watch the video.

Sustainability
The greener the earth, the whiter the smile … at least that’s what we’d like to see. We’re working our way to a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental footprint across the enterprise. We do that by:

  • Significantly reducing the waste we send to landfills
  • Investing in renewable energy credits (RECs)
  • Fostering green facilities — four of our buildings have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification!

Learn more about our green initiatives.

Together, these are just a few of the ways our companies are working not only to advance oral health and access, but also to contribute to a brighter, healthier world. After all, what good is a healthy smile if there’s nothing to smile about?

 

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