COUNCIL BLUFFS — Family Inc. has been awarded an $8,397 mini-grant by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation to help fund an oral hygiene project for children.

Family was one of seven Iowa organizations to receive grants to improve the oral health of Iowans. The agency also receives some funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health for children's oral hygiene.

The money, along with a $2,000 grant from the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, will be used to support the organization's Smilin' Through Prevention project, said Kate Gronstal, director of community relations.

Family's dental hygienist, Linda Meyers, and dental hygiene students from Iowa Western Community College will screen about 800 students in kindergarten through eighth grade in six rural southwest Iowa schools by the end of the year, she said. They will give each student a fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities and refer the child to a dentist if further care is needed.

Since Delta Dental began the mini-grant program in 2006, more than $1.2 million has been given to Iowa agencies to improve the oral health of Iowans.

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