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Delta Dental Foundation Awards $2,500 To The Transylvania Public Health

 

May 18, 2017



The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) has awarded a $2,500 Smiles for Kids grant to the Transyl-vania County Department of Public Health. This grant will help to deliver educational materials and oral care to uninsured children from birth to age 12 through the Healthy Smiles dental program. The program utilizes a comprehensive approach to oral hygiene through preventative care and treatment.

The Healthy Smiles program is a success-driven, collaborative project between the Transylvania Department of Public Health, the North Carolina Oral Health Section, local dental practices, regional hospitals, child care centers and elementary schools. The program’s two main goals are to eliminate cavities in children from birth to age 12 and to improve access to dental care for children. By visiting children at child care centers and elementary schools free of charge, the program removes barriers that parents may face when their children need dental treatment.

“On behalf of Transyl-vania Public Health, I would like to thank the Delta Dental Foundation for their support,” said Elaine Russell, dental director of the Transylvania County Department of Public Health. “Without their financial assistance, this agency would not be able to offer preventive dental education to child care centers and preschools. Together, we are able to improve the dental health of our community’s children.”

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 awarded to the Transylvania County Department of Public Health is one of 21 grants totaling $45,000 given to North Carolina oral health organizations and programs.

This is the third year that the Transylvania County Department of Public Health has been awarded a Smiles for Kids grant. Grant recipients were selected based on various criteria, including 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.

“Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease today, and children in the United States miss a combined 51 million hours of school every year due dental issues,” said Curt Ladig, president and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “The Delta Dental Foundation’s grant to the Transylvania County Department of Public Health will help provide the education and access to dental care that underserved children need in order to be healthy and show up for school ready to learn.”

 
 

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