Delta Dental Foundation $10K grant funds student-focused TeamSmile dental clinic

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Funding provides 300 Detroit students with dental care, fun-filled day with Detroit Lions

“TeamSmile does a great job of helping students receive much needed dental care," said Teri Battaglieri, Director of the Delta Dental Foundation.

The Delta Dental Foundation awarded $10,000 to TeamSmile to help fund a special dental clinic in the heart of Detroit at Ford Field. This marks the third year the Delta Dental Foundation has partnered with TeamSmile to ensure children across Michigan have adequate access to dental care and oral health education.

During the special dental clinic, 300 children from GEE White Academy in Detroit received critical dental services at no cost, including sealants, fillings, pulpotomies, extractions and routine cleanings.

One hundred dental professionals, dental students and volunteers provided the much-needed care and educated students about the importance of good oral health habits and their critical connection to overall health.

In addition to the clinic, Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell and Detroit Lions players interacted with the students and discussed the importance of good oral health. The students were then sent home with special goody bags filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste and oral health information.

“TeamSmile does a great job of helping students receive much needed dental care,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, Delta Dental Foundation. “With children missing 51 million hours of school each year because of oral health-related problems, partnering with TeamSmile is one of the many ways the Delta Dental Foundation is doing its part to ensure that Michigan’s children show up for school every day healthy, pain free and ready to learn.”

“TeamSmile’s mission is help children get much needed dental care while educating them about the importance of taking care of their teeth. We are able to accomplish our mission with sponsorships from wonderful organization like Delta Dental. Partnering with an organization that also understands the importance of helping children get access to free dental care and education and how this impacts the child’s health into their future is a win-win for everyone.”

Over the past three years, the Delta Dental Foundation has contributed $40,000 in funding for the TeamSmile dental clinics.

About Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The Foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit

About TeamSmile
TeamSmile is a nonprofit organization that has created partnerships with professional sports teams, local dentists, dental organizations, dental schools and area volunteers to help promote the importance of dental care.


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Lisa Ermak
Delta Dental of Michigan
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