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Renaissance Dental Celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month with $45,000 Grant to Georgia


2/11/2015

INDIANAPOLIS (February 11, 2015) — In its continued commitment to improving the oral and overall health of children in Georgia, The Renaissance Family Foundation, an affiliate of Renaissance Dental, will award $45,000 to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The grant will support the Georgia Oral Health Prevention Program’s (GOHPP) dental sealant and health education programs, which provide eligible school-age students with dental sealants on their first and second permanent molars. A check will be presented at a school assembly at Lilburn Elementary School in Gwinnett County on February 19.

Georgia currently ranks 49 in the country in number of dentists per capita, with only 4.4 dentists per 10,000 people. There are sixteen Georgia counties without a single practicing dentist.

“Oral health is a very important part of overall health, and we are committed to doing our part to help make sure   children show up to school healthy, pain free and ready to learn,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, Renaissance Family Foundation. “We launched the Renaissance Family Foundation in Atlanta in 2013, and consider Georgia our second home. It is important to us, as a company, that we work to improve oral health in communities that need our support the most.”

A second assembly will be held at Hightower Elementary School in DeKalb County on February 20. In total, more than 1,400 students in first through fifth grade are expected to receive dental sealants and fluoride treatments, which can be vital to reducing tooth decay and other oral-health problems if received at a young age.

Both school events will focus on oral-health education for students and teachers, including an oral-health education program and fun activity stations emphasizing the importance of good oral and overall health. Renaissance Dental will also equip teachers with helpful tools to continue oral-health education in the classroom, with lesson plans, tooth tips, posters and videos.

“The counties where the GOHPP provides prevention programs are typically low-income rural counties with very limited or no dental services,” said Carol Smith, Director, Oral Health Program, Maternal and Child Health Section of the Department of Public Health. “Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, and can cause a ripple effect of missed hours of school, problems eating and speaking, and weakened self-esteem. We are so grateful the Renaissance Family Foundation continues to assist us along with state and Maternal and Child resources to provide the simple combination of dental sealants and fluoride, which can nearly eliminate dental disease in school-aged children.”

This funding marks the Renaissance Family Foundation’s third grant to programs in Georgia focusing on improving oral health and literacy, following grants to the GOHPP in 2014 and the Georgia Public Libraries in 2013. 

Renaissance Dental, a leading dental services provider, is well-known for its flexible and customizable dental plans that offer extensive coverage of services, maximum choice and value, and hassle-free benefits for individuals and groups of any size. For more information, visit www.RenaissanceDental.com.

About GOHPP
Georgia is a large rural state. The Georgia Oral Health Program was established in 1928 and has programs in 17 health districts. The program today provides a myriad of services for economically disadvantaged children and the larger patient community. Public health dentists and dental hygienists provide care to children of the working poor, and dental education, sealant, screening and referral programs for elementary school students. In addition, dental public health monitors Georgia’s fluoridated water systems. Public health dentists and dental hygienists also work with private dentists on several community oral-health initiatives through the Georgia Oral Health Coalition. In FY2014, 180,107 Georgians received dental prevention and treatment services provided by DPH health department dental clinics; 44 percent of eligible low-income elementary school children received protective sealants; 21 percent also received fluoride varnish; and 96 percent of Georgians have access to fluoridated water.

About Renaissance Dental
Renaissance Dental is part of the Renaissance Family of Companies, which was founded in 1957 and has offices in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. Collectively, Renaissance companies cover 11.6 million people with annual paid claims of $3 billion. Renaissance Dental provides quality and affordable dental insurance to organizations and individuals nationwide. Customizable dental options can be designed for groups as small as two enrollees. Renaissance Dental is the flagship product of Renaissance Life and Health Insurance Company of America and Renaissance Health Insurance Company of New York. Visit www.RenaissanceDental.com.
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