In my role as Chair of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, I advocate for quality early childhood education. As President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, I have noticed over the years a need for more dental caries prevention in young children. If a child has tooth pain from untreated dental caries, or their teeth start to decay from poor oral health habits, the child will likely miss school, and, most likely, their parent/guardian will need to miss work to address their child’s oral health. If tooth decay or dental caries are not corrected, it can cause children to fall behind and not meet competencies. Further, poor dental care can lead to malnutrition as certain nutritious foods might be painful for the child to eat.
To address this health issue locally, Northeast Delta Dental recently partnered with The Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire and Saving People’s Smiles (SPS) on a pilot program to provide free dental care to members of the Club in need.
Saving People’s Smiles is a nonprofit organization that operates a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile with two full-service dental offices inside a 40-foot vehicle. SPS will visit the Boys & Girls Club’s location on Bradley Street in Concord to offer comprehensive and preventive dental care. We are proud to bring quality preventive oral health services to children who need it most.