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Our Mission

Delta Dental of South Carolina is a trade name of Delta Dental of Missouri. Delta Dental of Missouri is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization with a social mission to improve oral health in our communities. This mission drives us in our quest to eradicate chronic oral disease and improve overall health in the states of South Carolina and Missouri.

Our commitment to our mission motivates us to be better in all we do, because the more successful we are in our business endeavors, the more we can contribute to improving oral health and welfare. We share a mission with several charitable organizations that serve the oral healthcare needs of children and adults across our state. Through our own initiatives, exciting collaborations and supportive relationships, we are truly helping to make a difference.

 

Our History

Our Origins

Our organization got its start in 1954, when a group of dentists on the West Coast formed a pre-paid dental coverage program to improve access to dental care. This led to the formation of the first non-profit dental service company – Washington Dental Service. Using this approach as a model, Missouri Dental Service was founded a few years later in 1958 to address the oral health crisis that was unfolding in this state due to a lack of access to care.

Delta Dental Plans Association

The programs offered by Missouri Dental Service gradually began to catch on. Originally located in Jefferson City, Missouri Dental Service moved its operations to St. Louis in 1979. As part of the national Delta Dental Plans Association, the organization continued to grow in Missouri, and the name was changed to Delta Dental Plan of Missouri in 1985. Delta Dental of Missouri began offering dental benefits in South Carolina in 1994. The organization today does business as Delta Dental of South Carolina.

Social Mission

Delta Dental of Missouri is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a social mission to improve oral health. In South Carolina, the company proudly supports the Delta Dental Land of Smiles® educational touring theater program and Dental Access Days.