DentaQuest oral health money

March 25, 2011
Money aimed to improve oral health in the U.S.

The DentaQuest Foundation awarded more than $4 million in 2010 to organizations in eight states.

To read more about DentaQuest, go to DentaQuest.

The money is dedicated to improving the oral health of Americans.

A total of 48 grants support initiatives in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, and Kentucky to reduce health inequities, highlight prevention, foster civic engagement, and influence systems that promote oral health beyond the clinical setting.

A full list of the 2010 grants awarded can be viewed at

From 2000 to 2010, the DentaQuest Foundation has supported better oral health with $25 million in grants to identify, cultivate, and disseminate best practices and effective policy initiatives that address pressing oral health problems.

The foundation supports the work of local, state, and national groups with ideas for solving oral health problems. Its approach is to engage health and community leaders and philanthropies across the nation to strategically focus resources to improve oral health and therefore the overall health of their communities.

“Progress in addressing oral health disparities requires the support and engagement of the entire community,” explained Ralph Fuccillo, DentaQuest Foundation president.

"Equipped with effective tools and knowledge, community leaders, parents, health-care providers, educators, and the general public can more easily tackle oral health problems. We applaud the overall response to gaps in access and feel certain that these grants will further local and national efforts to improve oral health.”

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