Advocacy

Expanding access

The Delta Dental Institute will educate policymakers, raise awareness about the importance of oral health to overall health, and push for policy solutions to promote access to affordable oral care.

We believe every American should have access to the oral care they need. That's why we're leading the charge to expand access to oral care across the country. Since 1954, Delta Dental has helped improve the nation's oral health by expanding our dental coverage to over 78 million Americans.

What we stand for

In our efforts to ensure that every American can enjoy a healthy smile, Delta Dental remains committed to:

  • Expanding access to oral health care

  • Providing dependable service that responds quickly to the needs of our customers

  • Ensuring access to the most extensive network of dentists in the country

  • Understanding the unique oral health challenges and needs of your community

  • Keeping dental coverage affordable through customer-centric cost control measures

  • Leveraging our dental coverage expertise to provide access to the highest quality care

  • Offering all the innovation, service, and multi-state networks of a national dental coverage provider

  • Utilizing the tools and technology that make it easy to do business with us

  • Advancing oral health by giving back to the communities we serve

Policy spotlight

Delta Dental applauds the passage of the Action for Dental Health Act of 2018, which is now law.

The Action for Dental Health Act aims to expand access to oral care for more Americans. Specifically, the legislation seeks to help patients establish dental homes, reduce emergency room visits for dental care, and fund critical oral health initiatives that break down barriers that regularly prevent patients from receiving care.

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National highlights

Despite differing views around health care policy, people  around the country overwhelmingly support legislation that would improve access to dental benefits for all Americans.

Americans support legislation that would expand dental benefits to children.

of Americans support legislation that helps improve access to dental benefits for all Americans.  

of Americans support legislation that helps improve access to dental benefits for all children.

Americans support legislation that would expand dental benefits to children.

of Americans support legislation that helps improve access to dental benefits for all children.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans think that dental benefits should be included in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid. 

There is overwhelming consensus that oral health impacts overall health. 

of Americans think that dental benefits should be included in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid. 

of Americans think oral health impacts overall health.

There is overwhelming consensus that oral health impacts overall health. 

of Americans think oral health impacts overall health.

Explore the map

In July 2017, Delta Dental surveyed more than 15,000 Americans, with 300 or more respondents in each state.