June 21, 2016

Students from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Clinic hosted a Sealant program event for children in need of dental services at the New Breed Community Development Corporation’s temporary office location, June 20. Children received dental exams, sealants, varnishes, as well as an oral health kit – all at no cost. The Clinic will take place again on Monday, Aug. 1 at Cornerstone schools with the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic.

This program, facilitated by an on-site dental hygienist and Detroit Mercy Dental students, has been supported by a $585,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to help increase access to dental care for underserved children in Wayne County, as well as partially funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Four Detroit Mercy Dental students provided the dental care on-site in portable chairs. The students who were supervised by faculty, received credit hours for the work performed and gained valuable experience in the field while providing care to children who need it.

This program also aligns with Delta Dental and Forgotten Harvest’s Healthy Food, Healthy Kids program, aimed at raising awareness about good oral health, providing access to nutritious food options and building healthier communities in metro Detroit.

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About Forgotten Harvest

Oak Park, Michigan-based Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” 40 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from over 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest has been ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for ten consecutive years. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest online and how to help drive hunger from our community.

About the Delta Dental Foundation

The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The Foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit Delta Dental online.

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