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Delta says $48 million supported oral health programs

Oak Brook, Ill.—Delta Dental Plans Association conducted an internal survey that showed it invested more than $48 million in oral health across the country in 2010.

The insurance company says it donated money to Missions of Mercy events, Head Start, scholarships for dental students, community water fluoridation, community health centers, charity dental clinics, mobile dental units that visit schools, oral health research, school sealant programs and many other areas.

In a news release, Chris Pyle, director of state government and public relations at Delta Dental, said, “As the nation’s largest dental benefits provider, Delta Dental companies are committed to improving dental health by supporting programs that focus on preventing dental disease, expanding access to dental care and advancing dental education and science.”

The company says these donations are part of its larger national philanthropic initiatives, where $298 million has been donated over the past six years. Delta Dental has more information on the initiative posted online at