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United Concordia Dental Celebrates National Smile Month

Saturday, May 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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HARRISBURG, Pa., May 16 National dental insurer UnitedConcordia Dental is celebrating National Smile Month, a collaboration betweenOral Health America and the British Dental Health Foundation to promote theimportance of oral health to overall health. Beginning May 18, this year'sevent is launching in the United States for the first time, making it thelargest independent international dental health campaign.

United Concordia Dental educates adults and children by hosting a growingnumber of free dental clinics across the country and providing online dentalhealth brochures on the connection between oral and medical health, articleson general and emergency dental care and children's fun pages. In addition,the Harrisburg, PA-based dental insurer offers dental plans designed toencourage preventive dental services.

"United Concordia Dental is committed to the healthy smiles of ourmembers," said Dr. Richard P. Klich, United Concordia Dental's National DentalDirector. "With the increasing body of evidence on how oral health may affecta person's overall health, United Concordia Dental continues to be proactivein providing this information to our members, empowering them to make informeddecisions about their dental health and encouraging them to seek thepreventive dental care necessary to minimize the risk of future healthproblems."

Running from May 18 to June 17, National Smile Month will inform thepublic of the possible connection between dental disease and a number ofmedical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pretermbirths.

"United Concordia Dental is excited at the opportunity to highlight theneed for better dental health awareness during National Smile Month," said Dr.Klich. "Dental disease is one of the most common and preventable health issuesfacing Americans. The more attention and focus we give to this problem, themore we can help people remain healthy."

Having recently released its online Smile for Health(R) Dental HealthCenter, featuring informative dental health brochures, articles and kids'pages on oral and overall health, United Concordia Dental takes everyopportunity to encourage members to take charge of their oral health. UpcomingUnited Concordia Dental clinics include events in Erie, Harrisburg andPittsburgh, PA, as well as additional planned activities in Texas, New Yorkand Arizona.

For more information on any of the dental clinics mentioned or futurescheduled events, contact United Concordia Dental's community eventcoordinators at uccomm@ucci.com. Consumers can access Smile for Health DentalHealth Center by visiting the United Concordia Dental website,http://www.unitedconcordia.com, and clicking on Smile for Health Dental HealthCenter.

About United Concordia Dental

United Concordia Companies, Inc., headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, is oneof the nation's largest dental insurers, with more than 7.7 million membersworldwide. In 2007, United Concordia processed more than 13 million claims andattained revenues of $1.3 billion. For more information about United ConcordiaDental products, visit http://www.unitedconcordia.com.

SOURCE United Concordia Dental
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