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Event Recap: Wisdom Tooth Award Ceremony

Posted on October 14, 2014 in Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation


The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, awarded its second annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to the dental clinic at St. Bernard Hospital to help improve the oral health of underserved Illinois children, particularly those with special needs.

Located in Englewood, the St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center provides comprehensive oral health care to children living in impoverished, underserved communities on the South Side of Chicago and throughout Illinois. The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's $100,000 award will allow the Dental Center to purchase essential dental supplies, as well as add another dentist to focus on caring for children with special needs.

“Thanks to the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's award, we will be able to continue to help improve the oral health of underserved children with special needs, said Dr. Vipul Singhal, director of oral health services at St. Bernard Hospital's Dental Center. “Children with special needs face increased oral health problems because of physical, cognitive and financial challenges. Routine oral health care can be more difficult for these children and may require caregiver support.”

Along with the inability to manage their own oral health care, children with special needs may lack the communication skills to convey that they are experiencing dental pain. The St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center helps train parents and caregivers to look for changes in children's behavior to detect oral health issues before they become chronic conditions.

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's $100,000 annual Wisdom Tooth Award recognizes one Illinois nonprofit organization that has made a significant impact on improving Illinois children's oral health with a proven program that provides oral health education and access to oral health resources and care. This signature grant is designed to help expand or enhance an existing children's oral health program in Illinois.

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation acknowledged the St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center in September at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago.

For more information about the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Wisdom Tooth Award or to support the Foundation, please visit deltadentalil.com/ddilfoundation.

Pictured Left to Right in photo: Nikki Harvey, the Director of Constituent Development / Program & Operations for the Illinois 7th Congressional District, the Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis, Charles Holland, President and CEO of St. Bernard Hospital, Esther Golar, State representative Bernard Glossy, President & CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois, Mattie Hunter, State Senator, Dr. David Miller, Delta Dental of Illinois Board member