The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation furthers it mission to improve the oral health of Illinois residents, particularly children, through its programming. The Foundation brings oral health education and assistance to Illinois children and families in a variety of ways, our Land of Smiles oral health education program that visits schools to give dental care tips and demonstrate proper techniques in an engaging and impactful way to our Dentist by 1, which teaches the importance of early dental visits and how to provide dental care for young children.
Each of our programs reaches students, families, children, dental and health professionals and communities in Illinois. The Foundation’s programs focus on our three core themes:
Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Programs
During the interactive show, the Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan characters explain good oral health care techniques, good and bad foods for the teeth, and why it is important to visit the dentist. To request a Land of Smiles show at your school click here.
The “Dentist by 1” program also includes training for dental and medical professionals, so they can learn the importance of making oral health a priority and encourage parents and caregivers . The Foundation hosts several training sessions in different areas of the state, and each session qualifies as a continuing education course for dental and medical professionals. In addition, the “Dentist by 1” program includes a one-day community service event where dental professionals provide free exams, cleanings and sealants to young children ages 5 and under. Families who attend the event are provided with oral health education materials and receive referrals for additional care, if needed.
The $100,000 annual Wisdom Tooth Award recognizes an Illinois nonprofit organization that demonstrates a commitment and dedication to improving oral health in the state. The organization must have made a significant impact on improving oral health among Illinois children with a proven effort that provides oral health education and/or access to oral health care in Illinois. This prestigious grant provides recognition as well as financial support, which eases the burden of dental care costs and increases the amount of care these organizations can deliver.
This fall, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation will host a series of dental lectures in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry and the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Dental Medicine. Through these partnerships, the Foundation hopes to improve access to dental care by providing educational opportunities for dental students and oral health professionals.
Click here for more information on our dental lecture at UIC College of Dentistry on October 8, 2016.
Click here for more information on our dental lecture at SIU School of Dental Medicine on October 15, 2016.
Help the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation improve the oral health of children in Illinois. Donations are essential to help us carry out our mission of improving children’s oral health in Illinois. The Community Memorial Foundation (CMF) is offering a unique opportunity – the Matching Challenge Grant.
CMF will deliver a $9,500 match on donations from the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Board members on the condition that Board members deliver a $9,500 match on new or increased individual donations to the Foundation. Potential funds can reach $28,500 or more if grant matching requirements are met.
Please consider donating or spreading the word to those committed to improving Illinois children’s oral health. This challenge runs through September 30, 2016. Help us reach our goal today.