Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation awards VTC School of Medicine $100,000 for pilot program

Students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine learn how to perform proper oral health examinations and fluoride varnishing as part of the school's oral health curriculum.

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation has awarded the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine $100,000 to start a new pilot program to promote integrated oral health care exams and fluoride varnishing for young children in local doctors’ offices.

“Nearly 35 percent of children in Southwest Virginia do not receive oral health care and prevention treatments, largely due to a lack of dental insurance coverage,” said Cynda Ann Johnson, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “However, many of these children visit a primary care physician regularly, which provides an opportunity to close this gap.”

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