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9/20/2017

High Point, NC (Aug. 24, 2017) - The High Point Regional Health Foundation was awarded a $15,000 grant in March 2017 from the Delta Dental Foundation to fund a new, interactive oral hygiene display at the Millis Regional Health Education Center, located at 600 N. Elm Street.  After several months of planning, design and construction, the center is ready to open the display with an official “floss cutting” event on Monday, August 28 at 4:00 p.m.
 
The exhibit is part of Millis’ interactive “Decay! No Way!” program, which teaches students in kindergarten through second grade about oral health habits to maintain a healthy smile. The new display uses a custom, sculpted lower jaw that provides real-time, interactive information as students “brush” with an oversized toothbrush. As they engage with the toothbrush, students learn about nutritious food choices and proper brushing techniques through a series of entertaining graphics and video explanations.
 
“We are thrilled to share the new dental health exhibit with groups that attend the Millis Regional Health Education Center! This exhibit will reach thousands of children each year and will give students the knowledge and understanding of proper oral hygiene,” said Wil Elder, senior development and community relations officer at High Point Regional Health Foundation.
 
“Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children today, yet it’s preventable. By teaching healthy dental habits at an early age, we hope to prevent dental disease and help children grow up healthy to be successful in school and in life,” said Curt Ladig, CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “Exhibits and programs such as this one at the Millis Regional Health Education Center provide valuable oral health education to students in a fun and engaging way. The Delta Dental Foundation is proud to support the High Point Regional Health Foundation and work together to improve the oral health of our community.’”
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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 dentists, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.deltadentalnc.com.
 
About High Point Regional Health
High Point Regional Health, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization with more than 2,500 staff. High Point Regional offers 351 private beds for medical and surgical patients serving over 120,000 patients each year. High Point Regional has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, The Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, The Esther R. Culp Women's Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center.
 
High Point Regional's mission is to provide exceptional health services to the people of this region. For more information, visit www.HighPointRegional.com. 
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