St. Bernard Dental Center receives $100,000 from Foundation

Posted on July 8, 2014 in In the Community

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded its second annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to the dental clinic at St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center to help improve the oral health of underserved Illinois children, particularly those with special needs.

“The St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center is one of the few facilities providing oral health care for children with special needs,” said Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy & community relations for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to again recognize and support such a deserving organization and help them provide a needed service to children who might not otherwise have access to oral health care.”

Located in Englewood, the St. Bernard 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.

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 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.

Wisdom Tooth Award applicants were evaluated on five criteria: alignment with the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation mission, vision and program areas; program stability, longevity and success; financial and operational stability; positive or improved outcomes; and public awareness.

Last year, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded the first ever Wisdom Tooth Award to Promise Healthcare in Champaign. The next Wisdom Tooth Award application cycle will be in the spring of 2015.

For more information about the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Wisdom Tooth Award or to support the Foundation, please visit