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APD’s Community Health Department Receives Dental Health Grant for Pregnant Women

December 15, 2011—The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust has awarded $2,500 to enhance APD’s Upper Valley Smiles Prenatal Oral Health Initiative. This innovative program expansion is designed to provide urgent dental care for low-income pregnant women.

Recent research has shown that poor dental health in pregnant women can cause premature births or low birth weight.  Infections can also be passed along to children and may not become evident for a number of years after birth.  Although the Red Logan Clinic in White River Junction provides free care for uninsured adults, patients may face a three month wait unless special arrangements can be made for care

 “We have become a safety net for many pregnant women who require immediate dental care to protect their unborn children,” states Nancy DuMont, APD’s Community Health Department Manager. “Pregnant women are routinely checked for dental problems by APD’s Women’s Care Center MD and Midwife Clinics. We are grateful for the support of the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust that will help provide timely urgent dental care from local dentists that low income expectant mothers otherwise might not be able to find or afford.” 

The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, of Manchester NH, is a charitable trust established in 1939, with focus areas of health and welfare including dental initiatives, and recreation and educational programs in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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