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Raleigh, NC (March 31, 2016) – Wake County Human Services’ Dental Clinic received a $2,500 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation that will help the clinic provide dental sealants at no charge to uninsured and underinsured children from low income households. This project will provide 500 sealants, which will help prevent the need for future restorations and expenses associated with them that could have been avoided.

"Dental sealants are proven effective in preventing cavities in the pits and grooves of the teeth, and anytime we can prevent disease there can be tremendous cost savings over time," Dr. Johanna Irving, Wake County Human Services’ dental director said. "We appreciate all that Delta Dental Foundation is doing to help prevent dental disease in our patient population."

"The Delta Dental Foundation’s support of our county’s dental clinic has an immediate impact on the oral health of some of our most vulnerable children," said Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes. "By preventing dental decay with the use of sealants, clinic staff reduce the risk of oral pain in children, allowing them to focus better at school and increase their productivity."

The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The Wake County grant is one of 17 grants totaling $40,000 awarded to North Carolina nonprofits providing oral health programs. 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.

"The grant from the Delta Dental Foundation helps us leverage our limited funds so that we can do more to serve the citizens of North Carolina," said Representative Marilyn Avila, District 40, Wake County, chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee.

"Many communities across North Carolina face challenges with providing all children in need of oral health care with the services they require," Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curtis Ladig said. "Children in North Carolina are three times more likely to miss school due to oral health problems. The Smiles for Kids program helps organizations like Wake County Human Services’ Dental Clinic improve the oral health of more children so they can be successful in school and in life."

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.

About Wake County Human Services Dental Clinic

Wake County's public health clinics offer health care for children and adults, ranging from treatment to education. The dental clinic offers preventive and treatment dental services for children from birth through age 20. Wake County's services include exams, cleanings, fluorides, sealants, restorations, extractions, space maintenance, and dental health education.



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