At Delta Dental of South Dakota, we believe in supporting organizations and programs that improve oral health in South Dakota. The Delta Dental Foundation board accepts applications for funding two times per year. For a copy of our grant guidelines and application please click here.
Please visit our Oral Health Programs page for a detailed description along with links to resources that may be of value to you and your family.
Delta Dental of South Dakota's 2014 initiative is directed towards interventions that can effect significant change in identified oral health issues with the primary goal being disease prevention. Efforts will be made to maximize South Dakota's dental workforce capabilities, to increase access to dental care and to greatly expand oral health education and prevention efforts to both targeted audiences and the general public.
Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation
The Foundation is committed to the principle that everyone deserves quality dental care. Consequently, it directs the majority of its resources to those South Dakotans who are underserved. The foundation's focus is on children, but care is also provided to elderly and disabled patients needing orthodontic care through a partnership with the South Dakota Dental Association.
A brief description and link can be accessed below for the Dakota Smile Mobile Dental program and the Circle of Smiles Reservation-based Oral Health Prevention Program. You can also check out our latest Dakota Smiles Newsletter to see what's been happening with our Foundation programs.
Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program
Delta Dental's Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program is a statewide mobile dental program that provides oral health services to children from limited-income families via two 40-foot-long trucks: the Ronald McDonald® Care Mobile and the Dakota Smiles Smile Mobile. These modern dental offices on wheels provide both preventive and restorative dental care and oral health education to children who would not otherwise have access to much needed dentistry.
Learn more about the program, access the site schedule, and patient information form by clicking on our Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program page.
Circle of Smiles Reservation-based Oral Health Prevention Program
The program hopes to improve oral health by significantly increasing the amount of preventive oral health care services and oral health education that is provided on the reservations, primarily in community-based settings, including schools and Head Starts.
The Circle of Smiles staff is excited to provide oral health care and promote healthy smiles across the reservations. Delta Dental of South Dakota anticipates sustaining this effort long term by maintaining the dental hygiene workforce on the reservations through Indian Health Service/Medicaid/private insurance reimbursement. Learn more about the Circle of Smiles program, meet our staff, and view photos by clicking on our Circle of Smiles page.
Program & Advocacy Partners
Delta Dental of South Dakota is a leading force for improving oral
health in South Dakota. Our Foundation staff advises and
actively participates with many organizations to influence oral
health for all South Dakotans, particularly the children.
We are honored to partner with the South Dakota Dental Association, South Dakota Oral Health Coalition,
South Dakota Voices for Children, South Dakota Department of Social
Services, South Dakota Department of Health, Great Plains Tribal
Chairmen's Health Board, Indian Health Service, the Wellmark Foundation,
University of South Dakota School of Dental Hygiene, Donated Dental
Services, South Dakota Community HealthCare Association, Head Start,
John T Vucurevich Foundation and many more.
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