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RALEIGH, N.C . – Dec. 16, 2015 – Infants are at risk for tooth decay and cavities as soon as their first tooth appears. Delta Dental of North Carolina stresses the importance of a dental visit by a child’s first birthday to get children comfortable with the dentist and to prevent dental problems early on. To bring attention to this matter and to promote children’s oral health, Delta Dental of North Carolina has partnered with Care Ring and Baby Bundles.
This partnership will assist Baby Bundles and Care Ring’s Nurse-Family Partnership program by adding oral health educational material, including a children’s board book and finger brushes, to the essential items the organizations provide to new mothers in need. Through this effort, moms will learn how to care for their babies’ teeth as soon as they leave the hospital.
“We are excited to partner with Care Ring and Delta Dental,” said Rebecca Grant, executive director of Baby Bundles.  “Educating parents about caring for their newborn is so important; it builds confidence and enhances the parent – child relationship.”
The most common cause of infant tooth decay is prolonged exposure to fruit juice or other sugar- sweetened beverages when a baby is put to bed with a bottle, otherwise known as “baby bottle tooth decay.” Educating new parents about this danger and the importance of using finger brushes is a significant step toward improving early oral health.
“Nationally, more than 40 percent of children have tooth decay before they enter kindergarten,” said Curt Ladig, President and CEO of Delta Dental of NC. “By partnering with Care Ring and Baby Bundles, we can help new parents understand the importance of oral health for newborns and improve the long-term health of future generations in the greater Charlotte area.”
“A primary goal of Nurse-Family Partnership is improving child health and development--a child’s oral health is a key component of overall health,” said Ursula Douglas, Care Ring’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program Manager. “Delta Dental of North Carolina is lending support by providing educational tools to help mothers understand the importance of their child’s oral health and supplies to enable appropriate oral care. We greatly appreciate this collaboration!”
About Delta Dental of North Carolina
Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide
dental benefit plans 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 in North Carolina. For more information:
About Care Ring
Care Ring is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing preventive health services for the uninsured, underinsured or those otherwise lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care. The organization annually serves more than 7,000 people in Mecklenburg County and is a leader in collaborative efforts to improve community health. Through their Nurse-Family Partnership program, nurses assist new mothers in need by providing guidance and support on how to best care for their newborns.  For more information:
About Baby Bundles
Baby Bundles is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping mothers who are in financial need in the Charlotte area. Baby Bundles provides a bag full of essential items to underprivileged mothers as they leave the hospital with their newborn to help them begin on the right foot. Since starting in 2010, Baby Bundles has delivered bags to families in and around Charlotte through partnering with Presbyterian Hospital, Nurse-Family Partnership, the Charlotte Ronald McDonald House and Crisis Assistance Ministry. For more information:

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