Maryland receives grant to improve oral health among kids

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dentistMaryland has received a $1.5 million, five-year grant aimed at improving the dental health of state residents, particularly children.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced recently that the Office of Oral Health has been awarded the "State Oral Disease Prevention Program" grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The the grant will expand efforts in improving the oral health of Maryland residents, particularly children and adults who are most at risk for oral diseases such as tooth decay (cavities). Maryland is one of 21 states to receive this competitive award from the CDC which is renewable for up to five years.

"Since the unfortunate death of a 12-year old Maryland child to untreated dental disease in 2007, we have made oral health a priority in the state and have achieved significant progress," said Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. "This funding will help us to continue to make strides in improving oral healthcare for all especially for children and those who are underserved."

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