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Who We Are

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is a nonprofit championing a more equitable future where every person can reach their full potential through excellent health.

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We champion oral health transformation

Our health care system is not built to work for everyone — people of color, those living in rural communities, people with disabilities, older adults, and other historically marginalized groups have been left behind. To achieve better health for all, we need to work together to create a system that is accessible, equitable, and integrated.

As CareQuest Institute, we are pulling forward and expanding upon the strengths and history of the DentaQuest Foundation, DentaQuest Institute, and the nonprofit programs of the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement. With that momentum behind us and a clear goal in front of us, we can broaden our impact and move faster, together, toward a health care system that is designed for everyone.

Our Full Portfolio

We operate as a catalyst for systems change bringing forth ideas and solutions to create a more accessible, equitable, and integrated health system for everyone. We do this through our work in philanthropy, analytics and data insights, education, policy and advocacy, and health transformation as well as our leadership in dental benefits and innovation advancements. But we don’t do it alone. Collaboration and partnership are key to achieving our mission — to improve the oral health of all.

Our Five Areas of Activation

We bring forth ideas and solutions to create a more accessible, equitable, and integrated health system for everyone. We partner with thought leaders, health care providers, patients, and stakeholders at all levels to change oral health care through five areas of activation. 

Learn more about our Areas of Activation

Our Areas of Influence

As part of the full CareQuest Institute portfolio, our Areas of Influence include the majority or full ownership of several oral health entities that share our mission and values.


Our for-profit affiliate focuses on innovation to transform oral health access and outcomes for underserved populations in the US. The link above will lead you to a separate website.
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Dental Benefits

Through our affiliated dental benefits company, we provide high quality, cost effective oral health insurance to individuals and employers based in Massachusetts.
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Female provider with patient looking at tablet

Values That Drive Our Actions

Our values are core to our work and central to how we measure our success.


Our Impact

Explore the CareQuest Institute Impact Report 2022 to find videos, stories, and statistics about how we’re improving the oral health system through our collaborative work in grantmaking, research, health improvement, policy and advocacy, and education.

Impact Report 2022

Our Team

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CareQuest Institute team at the 2023 All-Staff Retreat

Join the team — and join our mission! 

Are you interested in becoming part of the CareQuest Institute team? Join us as we work to improve the oral health of all.