Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats wrapped up their 12th annual Oral Health Challenge, a program rewarding good oral health habits with a fun night at the ballpark. Any child who brushed twice and flossed once daily for seven consecutive days and completed and mailed in a program form received two tickets to a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game, courtesy of Northeast Delta Dental. The participants were honored with a pre-game on-field parade and goody bag. The last game on September 14 attracted the highest number of participants, with 471 Oral Health Challenge attendees.
Children and their families attended games on June 15, July 14, August 24, and September 15. Despite a season-long battle with rain, participation in the program remained strong, with a total of 1,468 people coming to the ballpark to reap the rewards of good oral health habits.
“I’m encouraged to see that so many children appreciate the importance of brushing and flossing and that families are supporting these habits,” explained Tom Raffio, President & CEO, Northeast Delta Dental. “Research shows that the earlier children develop good dental care habits, the greater the chance of reducing or eliminating cavities and improving oral and overall health.”
“As an organization committed to family-friendly entertainment, we were proud to help promote an important oral health message for kids,” said the New Hampshire Fisher Cats General Manager Michael Neis. “Thanks to Northeast Delta Dental for this opportunity to give back to our community.”
About Northeast Delta Dental
Northeast Delta Dental, a nonprofit member company of Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), is the region’s most trusted name in dental insurance for companies of all sizes, individuals, and families in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Northeast Delta Dental administers dental benefits for more than 1,042,000 people, with a network of 1,817 participating dentists, or 86% of the total dentists in the tri-state area. To learn more about their products and how they can keep you smiling, visit nedelta.com.
Since 1995, the philanthropic arm of Northeast Delta Dental, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has supported organizations and initiatives in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that provide oral health education and dental care to uninsured and underserved people. The mission of the Foundation is to advance the importance of good oral health underscoring the belief that everyone deserves a healthy smile. In 2022, the Foundation donated nearly $534,000 for oral health programs throughout the tri-state area.
In addition, the company supports numerous organizations, events and initiatives important to the communities through a corporate grant application process and funds loan repayment programs to incentivize dental students to provide dental care in underserved areas and communities.
About The New Hampshire Fisher Cats
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, have provided affordable family fun to fans across New Hampshire and New England since 2004. Located at One Line Drive in Manchester, the Fisher Cats have been voted New Hampshire's Favorite Sports Team by Best of NH Magazine for Nine Years Running, and Best Sporting Event to Take Clients to by Business NH Magazine for 13 Years Running. Over the last 17 years, the Fisher Cats have won three league championships, hosted three All-Star Games, and seen over 130 former players reach the major leagues. During that same time, the Fisher Cats Foundation has provided more than $5.7 million in monetary and in-kind donations to thousands of nonprofit organizations throughout the region. To learn more about the Fisher Cats, visit NHFisherCats.com.