Partnering for Better Oral Health

Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation partners with organizations throughout Arizona to improve lives by promoting optimal oral health. We work together to provide underserved communities with oral health education, oral disease prevention and access to dental care because everyone deserves healthy a smile. 

ATSU Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health Sealant Program

Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T. Still University partners with Delta Dental for their Smiles Across Pinal County Sealant Program. This program administers sealants to over 300 children primarily in Apache Junction. The program uses an affiliated practice dental hygiene model involving dental students to provide free dental screenings, sealant placements, oral health education, fluoride varnish applications and dental referrals to children from low‐income families in the Apache Junction Unified School District in Pinal County, Arizona.

Banner Health Foundation 

Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, helped launch Hospital Oral Care and Periodontal Disease Education (HOPE) program at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, an Age-Friendly Healthcare System recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The grant will support an oral health navigator to educate and support patients across hospital units and departments and collaborate with case managers and social workers to identify barriers to care and facilitate access to dental services and oral healthcare for the highest-risk patients. 

Learn more about the Hospital Oral Care and Periodontal Disease Education (HOPE) program at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix.

Children's Museum of Phoenix

Children’s Museum of Phoenix celebrates Children’s Dental Health Month each February with month-long oral health programming, dental magic shows and puppet shows. In addition, each visitor receives an educational “Smile Bag” to take home with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and an educational card in English and Spanish.

During the summer months, the museum holds a Back to School Oral Health Program to educate children on the importance of visiting the dentist twice a year and brushing teeth twice a day. Teachers at schools and day care centers who participate in the program and teach oral health curriculum in their classes receive 100 “Smile Bags” for their students.

Check out the Children's Museum of Phoenix calendar to find out what events are happening now!

Pacific Dental Services Foundation

The PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs supports patients with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities including autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, paraplegia, cerebral palsy, and many others. The clinic features specially designed wheelchair accessible, sensory integrated operatories with televisions on the ceiling, doors for privacy and a unique operatory with two chairs to provide space for siblings to allow for modeling behavior.

Learn more about Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation's support of the Pacific Dental Services® (PDS) Foundation Dentists for Special Needs.

Maricopa County Sealant Program

The Maricopa County Sealant Program provides no cost dental sealants and fluoride varnish to uninsured and underinsured children in Title 1 schools throughout Maricopa County. Delta Dental of Arizona partners with the county to provide nearly 5,000 Smile Bags to all students participating in the program. 

Learn more about Maricopa County's Sealant Program.

NAU College of Dental Hygiene

NAU partners with Delta Dental of Arizona on the Beaver Creek Smiles Program. This program transports nearly 250 children from Title 1 Beaver Creek School to the NAU School of Dental Hygiene to receive comprehensive dental care including, exams, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride varnish treatments, resin sealants and referrals. The program aims to improve the oral health of these children by providing direct preventive services and increasing access to care.

In addition, Delta Dental partners with NAU Dental Hygiene College to hold the annual Kiddie Clinic, where each year nearly 100 children receive preventive treatments for only $25.

Learn more about NAU's work in the community!

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Delta Dental of Arizona has teamed up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital on an Oral Health Educator program to focus on lowering the infection rates of patients with central lines. Katharine Martinez, RDH runs the program that educates physicians, nurses, staff, parents and patients on oral health care during and after diagnosis, how to manage oral health and symptoms during treatment.

Learn more about the oral health educator program.

Phoenix Community ToolBank

To assist nonprofit organizations holding community oral health events, Delta Dental of Arizona donates portable dental equipment to the Phoenix Community ToolBank. The equipment can be rented on a daily basis or on an event basis. Equipment includes portable X-ray machines, cavitrons (hygienists use to clean teeth), portable dental chairs and overhead lights.  

Visit the Phoenix Community ToolBank website to rent equipment for your next event!

St. Vincent de Paul

The Delta Dental of Arizona Oral Health Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix is the largest dental clinic of its kind in the country. Each year, it provides free comprehensive treatment and care for thousands without insurance. In 2019, Delta Dental of Arizona donated $1 million to fund the operations of expanding the dental clinic from 8 to 16 operatories, serving nearly 10,000 patients a year.

Find out how the Delta Dental of Arizona Oral Health Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul is changing lives.

Foundation Programs

Dental Supply Donation Program (Smile Bags)

Delta Dental of Arizona donates dental hygiene supplies, supporting its mission to improve oral health in Arizona. Nonprofit organizations providing oral health education or dental services qualify to receive an order of Smile Bags each year at no cost.  A Smile Bag consists of one toothbrush (infant, junior, youth or adult), toothpaste (youth or adult), floss, an education card and a plastic bag to hold the items. Visit our donation program page to request a donation!

Expert Voices

Delta Dental hosts Expert Voices, a roundtable discussion series that brings together local/state leaders and health experts to discuss policy, business and healthcare. These solutions-oriented conversations focus on affordable access to health, behavioral and dental care. For each discussion, Delta Dental partners with local organizations such as hospitals and government agencies to focus on specific areas of improvement.

Legislative Toothbrush Program

In collaboration with local legislators, Delta Dental of Arizona funds educational oral health puppet shows to kindergarten through 3rd grade children in Title 1 schools throughout Maricopa County. Smile Bags and education cards are given to all students to ensure they can implement oral health best practices at home.