In 1995, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as National Public Health Week (NPHW), which for 2012 is April 2 -8. During National Public Health Week, the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA) encourages community leaders to support the fluoridation of their local water systems; many Delta Dental member companies provide funding for community fluoridation projects. According to the DDPA, research studies have demonstrated that fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and remineralize teeth that have already been damaged by the early effects of tooth decay. Dr. Bill Kohn, vice president of dental science and policy for DDPA, says “Our mission at Delta Dental is to advance oral care for everyone, not only through our dental benefits programs but also through significant philanthropic efforts.” We at Northeast Delta Dental make every effort to be supportive of dental initiatives that serve the interest of improving public oral health in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
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