Our Mission

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

Dental Benefits Leader

Delta Dental of Missouri is the state’s dental benefits leader, with more than 2.1 million members who are covered through more than 3,200 companies, both large and small, as well through individual plans purchased directly from Delta Dental of Missouri. These members have access to the 92 percent of practicing dentists in Missouri who participate in one or both of Delta Dental’s networks: Delta Dental PPO™ network and Delta Dental Premier® network. Nationally, Delta Dental offers the largest proprietary network of participating dentists in the country.

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.

Social Mission

Delta Dental of Missouri is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a social mission to improve oral health in the communities we serve. We proudly support outreach events, educational programs, such as the Land of Smiles® educational show, oral health initiatives and charitable organizations working to make a difference throughout Missouri.