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The Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation recognizes the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, headquartered in Glendale, Arizona, for supporting children and families in northern Arizona with education, training, and treatments for oral health with cumulative donations totaling more than $130,000 since 2013.

Founded in 1997, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation was created to promote oral health and prevent dental disease in children and youth through age 18, with a particular emphasis in underserved and uninsured communities and has done so throughout northern Arizona. 

The organization's donations support programs have been distributed across several hospitals in the region: Since 2013, the Foundation has supported Verde Valley Medical Center’s Healthy Families program with oral health education and training for families enrolled in the program. And, as of 2014, the Foundation has supported Flagstaff Medical Center’s Children’s Health Center with the purchase of electric toothbrush kits and fluoride varnish for children who, due to medical conditions, cannot use a manual toothbrush.

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Approximately 40 percent of preschoolers in Arizona have tooth decay. Among the more rural, economically disadvantaged populations in northern Arizona, the number is even higher.

“Dental problems are a priority health issue for both children and adults. When simple dental problems go untreated, this can lead to more serious health conditions. The systemic impact of oral health is significant,” said Cristine Currie, Director of Population Health Management at Northern Arizona Healthcare. “So, prevention really is the best medicine.”

“We are grateful for our long-standing relationship with the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, and its commitment to support the healthcare needs of families in northern Arizona,” said Rick Smith, President and CEO of the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation. It has made a real difference by providing funding for education, training, and treatments that support the important oral health needs of the people of our region.”

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