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NC dental health group receives grant to provide screenings
Updated: 5/6/2010 7:00:19 PM

NC dental health group receives grant to provide screenings Free and low-cost dental clinics can be an important way for individuals without dental insurance to get the care they need, and one provider of these charitable services in North Carolina recently received a grant to help continue their work of saving people's teeth.

The Carolina Dental Health Fund was given $610,000 by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation to help the organization continue operation of its mobile x-ray bus. The group uses this tool to provide screenings and examinations to low-income individuals in North Carolina.

Brad Wilson, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, told the Greensboro Business Journal that these kinds of programs are so important because many people are unaware that they have serious illnesses, and would not find out about them otherwise.

"Routine dental care is so important, not just for dental health, but for a person’s overall health," he told the news source. "Dental screenings can detect diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis."

While free clinics like this play an important role in detecting problems, individuals should still consider discount dental insurance plans for routine treatments.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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