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2/13/2017

Taylorsville, NC (February 13, 2017) – The Alexander County Health Department received a $2,000 Smiles for Kids grant to provide oral health education at all elementary schools in the County as well as dental treatments for at least 20 children with no insurance.
 
The Alexander County Health Department dental staff visits elementary schools around the county to explain to children the importance of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist every six months. They also make the children feel more comfortable with the idea of losing their baby teeth. It is crucial that children understand the impact that oral health can have on overall health and well-being early because children with cavities in their baby teeth are three times more likely to develop cavities in their adult teeth. [1]
 
“Alexander County is medically underserved when it comes to dental care with only 1.6 dentists per 10,000 Alexander citizens compared to the 4.5 state average,” said Alexander County Health Director Leeanne Whisnant. “This Delta Dental Foundation grant will help us to improve the dental health of our community through early childhood education.”
 
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring that children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The Alexander County Health Department grant is one of 21 grants DDNC is donating to North Carolina oral health organizations and programs, totaling $45,000. 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 Delta Dental Foundation is committed to promoting good oral health habits and providing better access to quality dental care for those who are underserved in our state,” said Curt Ladig, president and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “By providing support to the Alexander County Health Department for the important work that it does, we can help to change the direction of a child’s health and quality of life overall.”
 
About the Alexander County Health Department Dental Clinic
The Alexander County Health Department Dental Clinic provides dental services for children birth through 18 years of age. They accept insurance options: Medicaid, NC Health Choice, Private Insurance or Self- Pay. Self-Pay works with a sliding fee scale based on income and number of individuals in a household. For more information, visit www.alexanderhealth.org/dentalClinic.php or call 828-632-9704 ext. 481.
 
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 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, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina.
 
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[1] "Measuring Oral Health in North Carolina." North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dph/oralhealth/stats/. 22 Aug. 2016. Web. 3 Nov. 2016.

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