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FirstHealth Dental Awarded Grant from Delta Dental Foundation

| Date Posted: 3/8/2023

FirstHealth Dental Care is one of 39 non-profit organizations in North Carolina to be awarded a 2023 Smile for Kids Grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to support oral health care services for underserved children in our state.


The $2,118 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation will support FirstHealth Dental in its mission to provide quality dental care to underserved children in Moore and Montgomery counties. The grant will be used to provide vital oral care supplies to children including toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and more as the clinics prepare to expand their outreach to daycares in the service area in the upcoming months.


“Providing quality health care to children who otherwise would not receive it is at the heart of what we do,” said Sharon Nicholson Harrell, DDS, MPH, director of FirstHealth Dental. “Community support from organizations like the Delta Dental Foundation is vital in helping us improve the oral health of the communities we serve, and we are incredibly grateful to receive this grant.”


The dentists and staff at FirstHealth Dental provide care for children from birth to 21 years of age who receive Medicaid, Health Choice or are uninsured and qualify by income level. Since 1998, the program has provided dental care to more than 30,000 underserved children in Moore and Montgomery counties.


Since the inception of the Smiles for Kids Grant program in 2011, the Delta Dental Foundation has invested more than $750,000 in grants, which has touched the lives of more than 500,000 children and families in more than half of North Carolina counties. To learn more about FirstHealth Dental Care, visit our website.


About Delta Dental of North Carolina

For more than 50 years, Delta Dental of North Carolina has championed healthy smiles across the state as North Carolina’s leading dental insurer. A member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, DDNC is part of the largest dental insurance network in the nation, covering more than 80 million Americans. DDNC is pleased to provide both dental and vision insurance administered by VSP® Vision Care to businesses as part of their employee benefits, and directly to individuals and families. Our mission is to improve the oral health and the overall wellbeing of the communities we serve. Learn more about Delta Dental of North Carolina at and DeltaVision® at


About the Delta Dental Foundation

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) 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 DDF is dedicated to developing and enhancing partnerships and programs to improve oral and overall health and health equity. For more information, visit

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