Ensuring all children have a Dental Home

Our Impact



received Dental Homes thanks to our grantees and supporters


in grants awarded

since 2010

Our Mission Dental Homes for all children

AAPD Foundation supports community-based initiatives providing Dental Homes to children from families who cannot afford dental care. AAPD Foundation is the nation’s largest pediatric dentist-led foundation dedicated to child oral health

Our Grantees We award grants each year to organizations that help them make an impact on child oral care.

Children see the physician quite often in the first year of life, but many parents may not make a dental appointment. In many cases, parents do not know how to navigate the dental system or they are not knowledgeable on the importance of establishing dental care early in a child’s life. To address this, our community dental health workers and registered dental assistants meet with parents at well-child physician visits in order to establish a Dental Home before they reach the age of 12 months.

– Kathryn Powell, Petaluma Health Center

With the support of the Access to Care Grant and other generous supporters, we are able to steward clients from being first-time patients to establishing regular, recurring visits with WCC as their Dental Home.

– Trisha Roth, Well Child Center

Our Donors We could not accomplish our goals without the support of our donors. Thank You!

The Dental Home is a safe place for children to receive routine dental care. For the first time in many of these children's lives they have a professional who cares deeply for them and wants to help them in any way possible. We have heard many stories of children who want to grow up to be a dentist because of the care received as a result of an AAPD Foundation grant!

- Dr. Courtney Alexander, Donor, AAPD Member

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Foundation Spotlight

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May 22, 2019

Dental Home Day 2019

Dental Home Day is a day of service and a year of care, thanks to Sunstar Americas, Dental Home Day sponsor since 2013. AAPD Foundation donors and AAPD members gathered on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 to help the underserved children of Illinois receive access to dental care.

Last year, Dental Home Day was held at St. Bernard Hospital Ambulatory Care Clinic, an AAPD Foundation single-year grantee. Throughout the course of the day, children received teeth examinations, cleanings and treatments for any dental issues they may have. AAPD Foundation is providing St. Bernard a $20,000 Access to Care Grant to continue to provide care to Dental Home Day children and become a permanent Dental Home.

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Grants Map

120 Grantees 34 States and DC

Tooth decay (cavities) is an epidemic among our youngest children – an epidemic even worse for children from families struggling with poverty.  Since 2010, AAPD Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants and commitments to 114 organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. AAPD Foundation grantees have helped provide Dental Homes to more than 500,000 children.