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2/7/2017

Hillsborough, NC (Feb. 7, 2017) – The Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic received a $2,000 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) to cover the cost of dental sealant supplies and fees for children under the age of 13 that are from low-income families.
 
The children who benefit from this grant are uninsured and otherwise would not have funding to pay for the provided dental health service. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental sealants placed on permanent molars reduce the risk of cavities by 80 percent because sealants form a physical barrier on the tooth’s surface.  [1]
 
“We greatly appreciate this grant from the Delta Dental Foundation because it will help us expand our dental sealant program and our reach across Orange County,” said full-time dentist Dr. Michael Day. “A lot of parents simply can’t afford sealants for their children, so this initiative will help lower-income children get the care they need and deserve, helping avoid cavities now and in the future.”  
 
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 Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic is one of 21 grants totaling $45,000 that DDNC is donating to North Carolina oral health organizations and programs. This is the third year that the Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic has received 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.
 
“We are pleased that the Delta Dental Foundation is providing funding to the Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic,” said Curt Ladig, president and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “Children miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health related issues, and tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease today. Supporting the work of this organization can help ensure that more children receive the care they need to grow up healthy and be successful in school and in life.”
 
About Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic
Having healthy teeth and gums is an important part of overall good health. At the Orange County Health Department’s Dental Clinic, we not only take care of routine dental needs, we also help individuals and families establish good dental habits that will last a lifetime. For more information, visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/health.
 
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 www.deltadentalnc.com.
 
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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[1] American Dental Association. (2016, October 19). Dental Sealants. Retrieved February 02, 2017, from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/dental-sealants

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