Granite United Way Grant Supports APD School Dental Program
Upper Valley Smiles, a school-based oral health program operated by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) has received an $18,000 grant from Granite United Way. This funding will enable APD’s dental team to offer interim therapeutic restorations (ITRs) to children in grades K-4 in the Lebanon, Enfield and Canaan elementary schools this fall.
The Upper Valley Smiles program provides free oral health education, screenings, preventive fluoride varnish and sealants, and referrals to area dentists for low-income children who lack a dental home. Started in 2003, Upper Valley Smiles has grown over the years to serve children in ten schools across the Twin State area. The APD dental hygienist, Mary Davis, is one of a small number of hygienists in New Hampshire certified as a public health dental hygienist, thereby allowing her to place the ITRs in a public health setting.
“Access to oral health services has ranked among the top community health needs in each of the assessments we have completed since 2003, so we are dedicated to offering as robust a school-based dental program as possible,” stated Nancy DuMont, Community Health Director at APD who manages UV Smiles.
“Support from Granite United Way this year will enable APD’s dental team to treat a child’s small areas of decay right while he or she is in our chair. Over time, we anticipate this will dramatically reduce the high rate of untreated decay we typically encounter in our schools,” she concluded.
“Granite United Way’s local Community Impact Committee continues to be impressed by the community-focused program Alice Peck Day Hospital has established in the Upper Valley. This year’s funding helps to expand the already successful Upper Valley Smiles dental sealant program that provides oral health onsite at local schools,” said Patrick M. Tufts, President and CEO of Granite United Way.
“They share our spirit of collaboration and commitment to developing healthy communities across the Upper Valley,” he said.