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Just Kids Dental receives $35,000 from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation

 

October 31, 2019



Just Kids Dental received a $35,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. This funding supports Just Kids Dental's “Healthy Teeth at School” program, which increases access to preventive dental services and oral health education for underserved children at schools and community sites throughout rural Greater Minnesota.

Communities served by this funding include Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Duluth, Proctor, Cloquet, Carlton, Wrenshall, Barnum, Moose Lake, and Cromwell.

“Support from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation will result in hundreds of school children receiving basic, preventative care—including sealants—which they wouldn’t receive otherwise due to financial limitations or lack of insurance,” says Laura Borud, Executive Director, Just Kids Dental. “Our rural areas are hardest hit with the access-to-care crisis regarding oral health. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation understands that.”

The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation focuses on choosing grant recipients that show innovative strategies to expand oral health access for Minnesota’s underserved populations; demonstrate significant opportunity to promote and expand preventive and education services; and show an ability to measure results.

“By providing these essential oral health services, Just Kids Dental is giving children the opportunity to succeed in the classroom,” says Joe Lally, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, “Education and prevention are key to alleviating oral health issues that can often distract students from learning. Building positive habits early on will put children on a path to lifelong oral health.”

About Just Kids Dental

Just Kids Dental provides oral health screenings, dental cleanings, fluoride varnish applications, sealants, oral health and nutritional education, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to underserved children across the region. It eliminates access barriers to care by delivering these services directly to 30 schools and community sites in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.

 

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