Northeast Delta Dental Foundation Supports Dental Hygiene at the Circle Program


PLYMOUTH — Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has renewed its annual support of the Circle Program's dental education curriculum at Circle Camp, in Groton. Currently, over 90 Circle Girls and Circle Teens from low-income families are participating in the residential summer camp program. They work together in small cabin groups on a full range of health initiatives and self-care skills including: good nutrition, health and wellness, personal hygiene, and overall physical fitness.

A critical component of this effort is the dental education program funded by a Northeast Delta Dental Foundation grant award. Girls meet with the camp nurse and a visiting dental hygienist for dental workshops. The girls receive a dental screening, an educational brochure, toothbrush, toothpaste and disclosing tablets so they can check on their progress. The girls also receive dental kits to take home with them after camp. The hygienist acts as a case manager and follows up with a girl's parents or guardian if she discovers a problem during the screenings.

The Circle Program is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide girls from low income families with new opportunities to develop the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. Circle does this by offering girls a unique combination of adult and peer support delivered through residential summer camp and year-round mentoring programs.

The Circle girls come from 29 towns in central and northern New Hampshire including the Greater Concord, Plymouth and Laconia areas. They are referred to the Circle Program by teachers and guidance counselors as they enter the fifth grade. Once enrolled, the girl can remain in the Circle Program until she graduates from high school.