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Defining Delta Dental: We're Not a Dentist's Office

By Sara Fossum on December 10, 2015 in Company News


Who are we? Learn more about the company behind the green delta:

“Can I schedule an appointment?”…

“You're a dentist's office, right?”….

“Where are you located?”…

We've heard it all before. Not everyone knows what Delta Dental does or how we commit ourselves to your oral and overall health, and with a name like “Delta Dental” it's easy to be mistaken for a dental office. But we hope to change that! 

So what is Delta Dental? Here's what you need to know: 

 • We're not your typical insurance company

Delta Dental of Iowa is the largest and most experienced provider of dental benefits in the state. As a not-for-profit insurance company, Delta Dental of Iowa invests in oral health and wellness projects through the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Our foundation's mission is to support and improve the oral health of Iowans by focusing on access to care, prevention, education and research. 

• We go WAY back

In 1954, a group of dentists met to discuss how to better improve the oral health of the communities they served. They became the first organization to specialize in dental coverage, serving members in California, Oregon and Washington. In 1966, the group expanded its coverage and formed the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA).

• There Are 39 Delta Dental Companies

In other words, Delta Dental of Iowa is not just “Delta Dental” — we're our own company! DDPA is comprised of 39 independent member companies, serving all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Together we serve over 59.5 million people from 93,000 member groups. Learn more about the coverage we provide in your state.

• We spread smiles across the state, and across the country

Through the work of our foundation, Delta Dental's member companies have invested millions into making good oral health a standard! In 2014, our member companies collectively donated $43 million to support organizations with our shared mission. Learn what Delta Dental of Iowa is doing for the community.

We're proud to be a part of your community. Contact us today to learn how we can keep you smiling!