Tunxis studies the link between dental health and food insecurity

FARMINGTON, CT – A local state community college has received funding to study any potential correlation between food insecurity and dental issues.

The Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut, announced a grant to Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

The $12,788 prize will fund research to determine if there is a link between students seeking help through the school pantry and an increased risk of tooth decay.

“Our mission at the Delta Dental Foundation is to improve the oral health of residents of New Jersey and Connecticut by funding projects that address the oral health challenges facing our neighbors and communities,” said Dennis G. Wilson, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Connecticut and vice president of the Delta Dental Foundation.

“We are proud to be a leader in oral health care in Connecticut and look forward to continuing our collaborations with our foundation grantees and partners on the path to better health for all.”

Tunxis Community College is one of seven Connecticut organizations receiving a portion of more than $315,000 to support the oral and overall health of communities across the state.

The grants will provide support to more than 15,500 Connecticut residents.

Contributions will help provide dental care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured seniors, adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, underprivileged children and veterans across the state.