The University of New Mexico Division of Dental Hygiene, which operates school-based clinics at Albuqueruque's Van Buren Middle School and Highland High School, recently received a $30,000 donation from Delta Dental of New Mexico to continue supporting the clinics.

Although New Mexico school children receive dental care via mobile dental programs throughout the state, UNM initiated the first permanent school-based dental clinic with the help of Delta Dental of New Mexico. “Delta Dental’s commitment to dental care access for kids is laudable,” said Christine Nathe, vice chair of UNM’s Department of Dental Medicine and director of the Division of Dental Hygiene. “The dental homes these clinics provide are important in developing good oral health in our youth for a lifetime.”

The UNM school-based health centers, in conjunction with the UNM Division of Dental Hygiene, operate dental clinics providing preventive and restorative services, while simultaneously exposing UNM dental hygiene students to a school-based clinic setting.

The school-based clinics provide students with cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, individualized and classroom oral health education, dental exams and referrals for needed treatment. “This is an opportunity for Delta Dental to develop oral hygiene principles in our kids, while supporting future oral care professionals in New Mexico,” Nathe said.

“As a local business, Delta Dental of New Mexico is grateful to be a part of a caring community and proud to sponsor of the UNM School-Based Clinics that serve Albuquerque children and families,” said Delta CEO Walt Bolic. ”This time of year often serves as a reminder to appreciate the joys in life and good health. It also reminds us of the importance of compassion helping address the oral health needs of children in our community.”

For more information, visit the UNM Division of Dental Hygiene website.