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4/25/2016

Greensboro, NC (April 25, 2016) –The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division, received a $5,000 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to further the Project Access Dental Program, which provides approximately 5,200 kindergarten students in 69 elementary schools with in-school dental screenings and provides needed dental care free of charge to eligible students.
 

The Project Access Dental Program identifies children with urgent dental needs and provides them with a much-needed dental home through referrals to the department’s dental clinics. The department’s dental clinics provide services such as exams, limited emergency visits, extractions, cleanings, fluoride varnish and sealants, as well as restorative dental procedures such as fillings and crowns to eligible children in Guilford County.

"The Smiles for Kids grant allows children who are in desperate need of dental attention to be linked to a dental home," said Debbie Kennedy, School Health Dental Hygienist with Guilford County. "Children in Guilford County Schools are screened for dental needs annually. If children do not qualify for Medicaid or Health Choice and do not have private dental insurance, families may apply for these grant dollars, through the Project Access Dental Program, to pay for the cost of needed dental treatment," Kennedy said. "Over twenty children have received dental services through this program in recent years."

The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services 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.

"Many communities across North Carolina face challenges with providing all children in need of oral health care the services they require," Curtis Ladig, CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina said. "We are pleased our foundation is partnering with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services for the second consecutive year to address that need and close the gap between those with access and those without."


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 http://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.

About Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services

The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division has two dental clinics that provide dental services to underserved children, adolescents and pregnant women of Guilford County. The clinics accept individuals with Medicaid, Health Choice and those that do not qualify for Medicaid and Health Choice and do not have another source of dental insurance, but are willing to pay reduced fees at the time of service.

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