Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Celebrates Children’s Dental Health Month with Free Sealant Days Throughout February
More than 1,000 children to receive dental sealants through new initiative MINNEAPOLIS –Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is launching a Free Sealant Days program Feb. 1, just in time for Children’s Dental Health Month. Throughout the month of February, the program will provide sealants, varnish and other oral health treatments to more than 1,000 Minnesota children in need.
Funded by an $80,000 foundation investment, 8 clinics and up to 28 of their school and community-based service sites throughout the Twin Cities will provide oral health services to underserved children ages 6-12 in need of sealants. Sealants are the most effective preventive measure against tooth decay which, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects children without sealants at almost three times the rate than children with them. Throughout the course of February, the program is expected to place more than 4,000 dental sealants.
“Thousands of Minnesota children suffer needlessly each year from tooth decay,” said Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Executive Director Joe Lally. “With this program, we hope to help these kids focus on school and home, rather than the pain in their mouths.”
Despite easy prevention, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, and disproportionately affects children from low-income families. Left untreated, tooth decay is painful and distracting.
Complimentary dental services will be offered by appointment to the public as follows. Sites require prior reservation. Be sure to contact a location to confirm service before attending.
Children’s Dental Services Dates:
- Dates: Feb. 1-18
- For appointments: call 866-543-6009, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule via Facebook at facebook.com/childrensdentalservices
Maplewood Community Dental Care
- Dates: Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28
- Times: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Call for appointments: 651-846-9360
Native American Community Clinic
- Dates: Feb. 15-17
- Call for appointments: 612-872-8086 option 2. State that the patient is interested in being seen for Sealant Days.
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
- Dates: February 8, 15, 22, and also as part of Give Kids a Smile event on Friday, February 3.
- Call for appointments: 612-543-2500
People’s Center Health Services
- Dates: Feb. 1-28
- Times: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
- Call for appointments: 612-666-3587
Robbinsdale Community Dental Care
- Dates: Feb. 20- Feb. 23
- Times: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
- Call for appointments: 651-846-9370
St. Paul Community Dental Care
- Dates: Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27
- Times: 4 p.m. -7 p.m.
- Call for appointments: 651-925-8418
United Family Medicine
- Dates: Each Thursday throughout February
- Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Call for appointments: 651-241-1000
In addition, Open Cities Health Center and West Side Community Health Services in St. Paul also received grants to support free dental services during February for Children’s Dental Health Month.
Visit DeltaDentalMN.org/community/SealantDays for more.
About Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation:
In 2009, Delta Dental of Minnesota’s parent sold a company and used 100 percent of the proceeds to establish and fund Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation supports Delta Dental of Minnesota’s mission of improving the health of Minnesotans through oral health. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation works to expand access to dental care for Minnesota’s underserved populations across the state by primarily investing in programs and organizations that provide dental care to people in need. Since 2011, the foundation has invested more than $21 million in grants to nearly 70 programs and organizations that provide care and promote oral health.