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3/23/2016

Burlington, NC (March 3, 2016) –Alamance County Health Department’s Children’s Dental Clinic received a $3,000 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation that will be used to purchase mouthpieces, curing lights, and an educational model to demonstrate how sealants work and are applied.
 
The Dental Clinic provides services to children ages 0-21 who live in Alamance and Caswell Counties. Last year, the Dental Clinic served 3,598 children.
 
We are very excited to accept this grant from Delta Dental,” said Health Director Stacie Saunders. “With this generous award we will be able to continue to serve children in Alamance County with high quality dental equipment and care.”
 
“We are very thankful to Delta Dental for enabling our clinic to provide more sealants to the children of Alamance and Caswell counties,” said Dr. Elizabeth Krzysztoforska, Alamance County Children’s Dental Clinic Director.
 
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The Alamance County Children’s Dental Health Center 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.
 
“Tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood disease today, and children miss 51 million hours of school every year due to dental issues,” said Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curtis Ladig. “The Delta Dental Foundation’s grant will help Alamance County Health Department’s Children’s Dental Clinic provide children with preventative dental care that will help them stay healthy and show up to school pain free and ready to learn.”
 
About Delta Dental the 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 (over 64%) in North Carolina.
 
About Alamance County Children’s Dental Health Center
To meet the dental needs of the county, the Alamance County Health Department created a dental clinic for children in 1998.  Assuring that children in Alamance County receive adequate dental care regardless of their ability to pay is the primary goal of the clinic.  The clinic provides a variety of dental services such as X-rays, fillings, root canals and extractions as well as community outreach and education.
 
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