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Salisbury, NC (February 10, 2017) – The Rowan County Health Department Smile Center received a $2,000 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) to increase the amount of uninsured Rowan County women who receive prenatal dental care and promote education and outreach about the importance of good oral health during pregnancy.

Recent studies by the Journal of the American Dental Association show that visiting the dentist during pregnancy is safe, and ignoring oral health problems can contribute to negative pregnancy outcomes. Changes that occur during pregnancy can increase the mother’s risk of dental problems. Pregnant women often have difficulty brushing their teeth due to gag reflex, increased gum bleeding and morning sickness, which leads to issues such as tooth decay.
“The Delta Dental Foundation has been, and continues to be, a tremendous benefactor to Rowan County,” said Rowan County Representative Harry Warren.  “For years, the foundation’s generosity has helped local organizations meet the critical dental needs of our most vulnerable citizens. The Delta Dental Foundation’s commitment to dental health and community involvement through their grant program is commendable, and I was honored to be invited to their presentation at the Rowan County Health Department Smile Center!”

The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring that children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The  grant received by the Rowan County Health Department Smile Center is one of 21 grants totaling $45,000 that DDF is donating to North Carolina oral health organizations and programs. This is the third year the Rowan County Health Department Smile Center has been awarded a Smiles for Kids grant. Grant recipients were selected based on criteria that included the number of at-risk children served, the uniqueness of the program, the level of community involvement in the program and the ability to measure results.
“Many communities across North Carolina face challenges when it comes to providing all citizens in need with the oral health care services they require,” Ladig said. “Pregnant women represent a very vulnerable population, and the Smiles for Kids program aims to help organizations like the Rowan County Health Department Smile Center address their needs and close the gap between those with and without access to sufficient oral health care.”
About Rowan County Health Department Smile Center
The Rowan County Health Department’s Smile Center is open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Smile Center accepts Medicaid, Health Choice, private insurance, and provides care on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income if you are not eligible for Medicaid or Health Choice. You can make an appointment by calling the Smile Center at (704) 216-8796. The Smile Center is located at 1811 East Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28146.
About the Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit
About Delta Dental of North Carolina
Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide dental benefits throughout the state. Its mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. It does so by providing affordable access to oral health care with the largest network of providers, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina.


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