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Stories to smile about: Robert

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

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 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, vet­er­an of Viet­nam War

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.

Stories to smile about: David

We believe cre­at­ing healthy smiles extends beyond pro­vid­ing excep­tion­al den­tal ben­e­fits. That’s why the Delta Den­tal Com­mu­ni­ty Care Foun­da­tion makes it a pri­or­i­ty to sup­port groups and projects with the goal of improv­ing health and enhanc­ing lives in the com­mu­ni­ties we serve. While any pos­i­tive impact we can make is impor­tant, there are some sto­ries that give us all the feels, like this one that came to us from the Grady Health Sys­tem Oral Health Cen­ter.

Thanks to the Delta Den­tal Com­mu­ni­ty Care Foun­da­tion, Grady Health Sys­tem Oral Health Cen­ter was recent­ly able to pro­vide pros­thet­ic den­tal treat­ment to a young man named David.* David lost sev­er­al teeth — includ­ing his two front teeth — after being bru­tal­ly attacked by a group of strangers while walk­ing home one evening. Not only did he lose his teeth, but he lost his self-con­fi­dence and self-worth.

In addi­tion to the injuries suf­fered from his attack, David had lived for nine years with­out need­ed den­tal care or pros­thet­ics because he was unable to afford it. Thanks to your gen­er­ous grant we changed that. He was so hap­py and grate­ful to receive his den­tures. When he first put them on for a fit­ting, he sat and stared in the mir­ror for near­ly 10 min­utes. Tears of joy streamed down his face.

This was such a reward­ing expe­ri­ence for both David and the den­tal res­i­dent who assist­ed him. We would not have been able to help David in this way — and many oth­ers like him — with­out the gen­eros­i­ty of Delta Den­tal and your con­tin­ued sup­port of the Grady Oral Health Center’s Remov­able Pros­thet­ics Ini­tia­tive. Thank you.

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

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*This sto­ry has been mod­i­fied to pro­tect the iden­ti­ty of the patient.

Grady Health Sys­tem Oral Health Cen­ter treats an aver­age of 2,000 patients per year by pro­vid­ing a full range of pre­ven­tive, restora­tive and pros­thet­ic den­tal ser­vices. It is the only den­tal clin­ic in Metro Atlanta that exclu­sive­ly treats low-income patients liv­ing with HIV/AIDS, a pop­u­la­tion with a high rate of oral health issues. The Foun­da­tion award­ed them $10,000 in 2017, which was the first year they applied for a grant.

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.

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.

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?


1 DDPA Pub­lic Ben­e­fits Sur­vey


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