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    DDMA Celebrates a Successful Summer of Smiles

    2,400 dental hygiene kits distributed to local non-profit organizations in need across the state

    BOSTON — Sept. 12, 2023 — After the successful distribution of over 2,400 dental hygiene kits to nonprofits in over 22 cities and towns across the Commonwealth this summer, Delta Dental of Massachusetts plans to make the Summer of Smiles an annual initiative. This year’s first run of Summer of Smiles gave DDMA employee volunteers the opportunity to donate 100 dental hygiene kits to a local, non-profit organization of their choice. Next year, the program will expand to all employees, making Summer of Smiles an annual company-wide initiative.
    The dental hygiene kits include a mesh bag filled with adult toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, and an oral care flier in English and Spanish. Dental kits reached over 22 cities and towns in Massachusetts, including Harwich, Fall River, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell, Peabody, and Worcester.
    “The success of this year’s Summer of Smiles program, driven by the dedication of DDMA employees, reflects our commitment to improving oral health and well-being in our communities,” said Erik Montlack, President of Delta Dental of Massachusetts. “We firmly believe that access to basic dental care is a fundamental right, and through initiatives like these, we aim to make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. Thank you to the volunteers, partners, and incredible organizations like Lazarus House, Bread of Life, and South End Community Health Center for joining us in this meaningful journey toward a happier, healthier Massachusetts.”
    “These 100 care packs are essential, basic needs which our guests rely on us to provide. Working together, we strive to bring hope to so many by providing the basic necessities for our brothers and sisters in dire need. We thank DDMA for taking the extra step to walk alongside our guests on their own personal journey towards self-sufficiency and well-being,” stated Ellen Bedrosian, Manager of Stewardship and Advancement Services, Lazarus House Ministries.


    About Delta Dental of Massachusetts
    Delta Dental of Massachusetts (, the largest provider of dental benefits in the state, is a leader in innovative programs that improve the overall health of members, prevent oral disease and reduce health care costs for employers, groups and individuals. Headquartered in Charlestown, Mass., Delta Dental of Massachusetts, a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association (, covers more than 2 million people. Follow us on Twitter (@DeltaDentalofMA), Facebook (, and Instagram (@deltadentalofma).