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DELTA DENTAL OF NEW JERSEY SPONSORING EAST ORANGE CLINIC FOR GIVE KIDS A SMILE 2008

- Over 490,000 children currently registered nationwide -

PARSIPPANY, NJ (January 15, 2008)

 Who: East Orange Department of Health & Human Services Dental Clinic, sponsored in part by the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation, will participate in the 2008 Give Kids A Smile event.

What: Give Kids A Smile is an annual event, coordinated by the American Dental Association, where underserved children 12 and under will be able to receive free screenings, cleanings, and assessments for additional dental work if needed. The Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation and Colgate will also provide toothbrushes and toothpaste for children to take home. In 2007, Give Kids A Smile resulted in the treatment of over 758,000 children nationwide. 

When: February 1, 2008 from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Where: East Orange Department of Health & Human Services Dental Clinic, located at 143 New Street, East Orange, NJ 07083.

Why: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children between the ages of 5 and 17. In fact, this disease affects 42% of all American children. When tooth decay goes untreated, the pain caused can have a profound effect on eating, speaking, and learning habits. For Medicaid-covered children, fewer than 1 in 5 receive at least one preventive dental service a year. Give Kids A Smile may be their only access to necessary dental care.

In order to set up an appointment for your child, please call Marilyn Rohrmoser at (973) 266-5477 prior to the event. Please be advised that appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and a parent or guardian must accompany each child. Three certified dentists will be on staff for the event.

The East Orange Department of Health and Human Services Dental Clinic is one of nearly 30 sites throughout New Jersey participating in Give Kids A Smile. For more information on all New Jersey sites, visit the New Jersey Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile website, www.njda.org/gkas

About Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc.
Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc., is New Jersey’s and Connecticut's leading dental benefits carrier, providing coverage to more than one million people through contracts with employers in New Jersey and Connecticut. The Delta Dental system offers seamless dental benefits administration for employer groups throughout the country and the largest network of credentialed dentists in the nation. For more information visit us on the Web at www.deltadentalnj.com.

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