Delta Dental’s Share a Smile Day at Cooley Law School Stadium spotlights good oral health habits
Lansing, Michigan—The Delta Dental Foundation hit a home run for good oral health across the state, awarding $225,000 to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) during the company’s Share a Smile Day at Cooley Law School Stadium Friday. The money will fund dental sealant and community water fluoridation programs across the state.
The focus of Share a Smile Day is to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and its connection to overall health and well-being.
“We know that dental problems have been shown to affect school performance and hinder job prospects. Children miss 51 million hours of school a year due to oral health issues and adults miss 164 million hours of work per year due to oral health issues,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director. “We want to call attention to the numerous ways one’s overall health is affected by oral health, and encourage children and their parents to see their dentists regularly so they can enjoy healthy, bright smiles.”
Hundreds of Delta Dental employees, their families and 1,000 children from area nonprofit organizations were invited to attend Share a Smile Day to enjoy the baseball game and participate in activities including, an obstacle course, a giant dry-erase tooth, Impression 5 Science Center’s giant mouth from the “Chew on This!” exhibit and tours of the Ingham County dental coach.
Children who took part in the activities outside the stadium took home backpacks full of oral health and school supplies and were able to take photos with Delta Dental’s Ambassador of Smiles, Marshall Molar.
About Delta Dental of Michigan
Delta Dental of Michigan and its affiliates in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2015, the enterprise paid out $3.3 billion for dental care for 14.1 million members. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Sherwood and Little Rock, Ark.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; and Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.