Delta Dental Gives $2 Million to Arkansas Children's Hospital

Delta Dental will give $2 million to support oral health initiatives at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

The ACH Foundation made the announcement Wednesday. The money will support dental clinic operations, mobile dental care, a dental sealant program and oral health literacy efforts, according to a news release. The hospital's new south wing will be renamed the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Dental Clinic in honor of the donation.

"Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma," said James Koonce, director of dental services at ACH. "Oral health problems can lead to other serious medical and psychological problems for kids. Our dental programs are working to fight those numbers in communities across the state and this gift from Delta Dental will greatly support those efforts."

The new wing opened officially in early August and is expected to see more than 14,000 patients in its first year.

The Delta Dental gift is part of the ACH Century of Possibility Centennial Campaign, the goal of which is to raise $160 million to support pediatric care, research, education and prevention. The campaign was announced in March and has raised $112 million.