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 on our Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program page.
South Dakota reservations experience some of the worst oral health disparities in the country. Through the Circle of Smiles: Improving Oral Health in Indian Country project, Delta Dental of South Dakota is partnered with the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, the South Dakota Dental Association, and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board to improve the oral health status on South Dakota's reservations. The program will focus on reducing oral health disparities by expanding the preventive oral health workforce in two areas: dental hygienists and community health workers. The target population includes pregnant women, mothers of young children, children under age 9 and persons with diabetes living on South Dakota reservations. Learn more about the program on our Circle of Smiles Program.
The Delta Dental Philanthropic Fund Dentist Loan Repayment for Service program has been designed to help in the recruitment of new dentists and to engage new private practice dentists in treating underserved populations. The program provides loan repayment for young dentists who agree to see a certain percentage of Medicaid patients in their practice and/or work on one of Delta Dental's mobile dental units and see a smaller percentage of Medicaid patients in their practice.
Potential candidates are encouraged to submit our Application Form, two letters of recommendation, verification that the employer dentist (if applicable) agrees that the applicant is permitted to use their practice to meet the program requirements, documentation of outstanding dental school loans and official college transcripts.
The mission of the South Dakota Oral Health Coalition is to promote quality of life by facilitating the availability of oral health services. The South Dakota Oral Health Coalition's areas of focus are workforce development, access to care and education/prevention. Recognizing the need to address the significant oral health challenges in the state, Delta Dental played a leadership role in the formation of the coalition and Delta Dental staff remain actively involved in coalition activities including technical assistance funding and grant-writing services for various coalition projects.
Since 2004, Delta Dental of South Dakota is pleased to have donated over $284,000 to this program that provides essential and comprehensive dental care to our state's most vulnerable adults including disabled, elderly or medically-compromised individuals who cannot afford necessary treatment nor get public aid. You can learn more about the program on the South Dakota Dental Association website.
HealthEdventure.org is an interactive website for teachers, students, and parents. The site features a collection of websites provided free of charge with content that can be integrated into the core academic subjects of math, language arts, science, and social studies. Health EdVenture is accessed by over 50,000 subscribers from nearly all public and private schools in South Dakota. Delta Dental of South Dakota is a proud sponsor if this wonderful program.
P.A.N.D.A is an acronym for Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness. It is the name of an educational program that is being sponsored by Delta Dental of South Dakota through the Delta Dental Philanthropic Fund.
Teeth-on-the-Go is a fun and imaginative teaching resource designed to help elementary school children understand how important taking care of their teeth and overall health can be.
Delta Dental, along with the South Dakota Dental Association and the South Dakota Department of Health, is pleased to be a sponsor of the Partners for Prevention program. The Partners for Prevention program is designed to improve the oral health of South Dakota's young children by training medical providers (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses) in oral health. Because young children routinely see these medical providers for well-child exams, these providers have an important opportunity for intervening to protect a child's oral health. Please visit the South Dakota Dental Association website to learn more about this great prevention program.
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