The Dental Foundation of Oregon

Mission

We are dedicated to advancing oral health education, providing charitable care, and coordinating resources for Oregon's children and vulnerable communities.

Bottom Line for Portland

The Portland Metro Area is designated a dental provider shortage area for low-income, homeless, and migrant populations. The Tooth Taxi remains an ESSENTIAL health provider and addresses the consequences of childhood poverty overall having still managed to serve more than 1,000 children and underserved members of the Portland metro area last year during the midst of a global pandemic. The greatest risk factor for childhood tooth decay remains poverty. Dental healthcare is essential healthcare, but it's frequently treated like a luxury. The difference between a routine cleaning versus caring for a mouth full of decay is 3-6 hours, multiple appointments, and thousands-of-dollars-worth of care. When children don't receive routine dental care, they are at increased risk for gum disease, permanent tooth loss, and bacterial strains of diseases like pneumonia. They also may suffer from sleep loss, speech impediments, and school absenteeism.

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"For 12 years, the Tooth Taxi has delivered comprehensive care to the Community Transitional School students. Today, the Tooth Taxi and Dental Foundation of Oregon are part of the fabric of the school, and students frequently ask me when the team is coming!" Cheryl Bickle, Principal

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Dental Foundation of Oregon commits itself to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion which is central to the delivery of our mission to advance oral health education, provide charitable care, and coordinate resources for Oregon’s children and vulnerable communities.

Business Partner(s)

The Oregon Dental Association is dedicated to advancing the dental profession and promoting the highest standard of oral health and oral healthcare.

MODA Health distinguish themselves through service excellence and by providing value through insurance and business solutions and access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare.

OEA Choice Trust is dedicated to promoting the total well-being of Oregon public school employees.

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Year Founded: 1981


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