Grant Funds Third Mobile Dental Unit at ASDOH

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The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has given a $40,000 grant to the AT Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) so it can purchase a third mobile unit to expand its Teledentistry Program, which brings dental services to underinsured youth and seniors throughout Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state.

“Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has been an integral partner in supporting and expanding our mobile dentistry program,” said assistant professor Scott Howell, DMD, MPH. “This new vehicle will provide more opportunity for our students to get the hands-on experience they need while serving a huge need for oral health treatments in Maricopa and Pinal counties. 

The Teledentistry Program vans transport dental students and equipment to different community partners to provide fluoride varnish treatments, dental screenings, and oral health education.

ATSU-ASDOH continues to expand its partnerships in the region and currently serves hundreds of patients, including adults at the Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped and youth in the Maricopa County juvenile detention centers, and it will begin serving low-income seniors at East Valley Adult Resources in Mesa starting in January.

“Access to oral health education and treatment are the pillars of our foundation’s work,” said Allan Allford, CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona. “ATSU will utilize this new mobile unit to provide access to oral healthcare and education for underserved groups in our community, which makes us at Delta Dental of Arizona very proud.”

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