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  • Northeast Delta Dental Foundation Shows Continued Support of Families First

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    May 31, 2017

    May 26, 2017

    Contact: Margie Wachtel
    Families First
    603-422-8208, ext. 141

    Northeast Delta Dental Foundation Shows Continued Support of Families First

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation recently awarded an $8,000 grant to support three dental programs at Families First Health and Support Center: on-site dental care, the school-based program known as Seacoast Healthy Grins, and mobile dental care for people experiencing homelessness. The foundation has donated to Families First Dental Center annually since the center’s founding in 2003.

    Last year, Families First provided on-site dental care to 1,800 children and adults; screened and educated 1,900 schoolchildren, also providing hygiene and sealants for those who lacked a regular dentist; and served 210 homeless and other low-income patients through weekly visits to Cross Roads House, St. Vincent de Paul in Exeter, and Salvation Army in Rochester.

    “Families First subsidized roughly $700,000 in dental care alone last year because 96% of our patients are low income and couldn’t afford the full fees for services. This is why the Foundation’s support is so critical to allow Families First’s to continue serving these folks,” says Families First Executive Director Helen Taft. “We believe everyone deserves dental care regardless of their ability to pay and dental issues can have major repercussions if left untreated including loss of or prevention of obtaining employment.”

    The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation provides funding to many oral health programs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont as part of Northeast Delta Dental’s commitment to make oral health information and dental care more accessible. Northeast Delta Dental offers dental insurance programs to small and large companies and individuals and families with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits programs.

    Families First Health and Support Center is a nonprofit community health center providing primary, prenatal, behavioral and oral health care; parent and family groups; one-on-one family support; and mobile health care. Learn more at 603-422-8208 or FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.

    Margie Wachtel, Communications Director
    (603) 422-8208