Improving Oral Health for Oregon's Children
Founded in 1982 by the Oregon Dental Association, the DFO works to improve the oral health of Oregon's under-served children through advocacy, community grants to non-profit dental clinics and by taking dental care and oral health education directly to children on the Tooth Taxi mobile dental van.
Since its inception in fall 2008, the Tooth Taxi has achieved the following:
23,933 students screened;
13,571 appointments in the van;
25,014 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom; and
$7,880,331 value of free dental care provided
We believe every child deserves quality dental care, and we advocate for increased funding for children's dental treatment and education. We support community water fluoridation, a proven and safe way to reduce cavities, and we encourage volunteerism in the dental community.
As the Oregon Dental Association's charity, we support and recognize the outstanding volunteer work of dental professionals occurring in every community in Oregon. Oregon dental professionals, including dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants volunteer thousands of hours of their personal time and help deliver millions of dollars of donated dental services every year for our neediest children.
We are proud to partner with many of Oregon's leading foundations, companies and individuals to help children who can't help themselves.