The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) has awarded a $25,000 grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. The grant is earmarked to support the University’s Infant and Toddler’s Oral Health initiative, called the baby Oral Health Program (bOHP).

NCOHF’s grant will help the University’s School of Dentistry distribute its bOHP Kits to graduating dental students and the general dental community in North Carolina. The kits will help standardize dentists’ training and provide students with a hands-on package they can use in their private practices.

"Our bOHP program was inspired in part by data suggesting that dentists with hands-on and lecture training in infant and young child oral examinations in dental school are significantly more likely to perform these treatments versus those dentists who only received lecture and/or laboratory only or no education in this area," said J. Timothy Wright, DDS, MS, Bawden distinguished professor and chair. "We believe that with proper support and resources, the bOHP program can provide an opportunity for dental students, residents, and practitioners to increase their knowledge and effectively deliver preventive oral health services to young children.”

NCOHF is a national network of nonprofit community-based children’s dental facilities that disburses grant funds to members of its Affiliate network who increase access to dental care for underserved children.