Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Oral Health Initiative! The three winners will each receive $20,000 to help implement their solutions to improve oral health in North Carolina.

About the Initiative

Innovative thinking about oral health in North Carolina can have a positive impact on countless children and families.

Tell us about your idea, and give North
Carolinians a reason to smile.

Good oral health

Oral health is highly connected to overall health. BCBSNC is committed to good oral health practices including benefit offerings, encouragement of regular preventive check-ups, and support for access to oral health services for underserved populations.

Got an idea? We’re seeking solutions and methods that target three areas:

Increasing access to dental sealants for at-risk children
Reducing dental ER visits, particularly among low-income families
Improving preschool oral health education and inspiring good, life-long habits

Oral health is a serious health issue

  • Dental disease is the #1 disease in children; it can lead to eating, sleeping and learning problems, as well as serious health issues
  • 95% of dental disease is preventable, especially at an early age
  • NC ranks 45th in dentists per population – and access to care is even more limited in rural areas
  • Prevention and early treatment are much less expensive than ER visits: $1 of dental prevention can save $8 in future costs

So we’re looking for a mouthful of great ideas to increase regular check-ups, improve daily oral health practices, and raise awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health.

The ideas could take various forms, including:

  • Children's gamesChildren's games
  • Classroom educationClassroom education
  • Mobile appsMobile apps
  • Surprise us!Surprise us!

Entries will be judged on 4 key criteria:

  • Feasibility
  • Sustainability
  • Creativity
  • Social Impact

Entries will be accepted beginning April 15
and winners announced in August.

The Oral Health Initiative is supported by BCBSNC in collaboration with Bull City Forward and the Institute for Emerging Issues.

Employees of BCBSNC, Bull City Forward, and the Institute for Emerging Issues are not eligible to participate in the Oral
Health Initiative.