Sandi Perez

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Sandi Ernst Perez, Ph.D., joined Delta Dental of Arizona in 2006 and has a dual role as vice president of community benefit and executive director of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation. A champion for the mouth-body connection in health and wellness, she works to fulfill the Foundation's mission to improve the oral health of underserved and uninsured populations across the state by educating the public, increasing awareness and providing grants, leadership and technical assistance. Originally from Ohio, she has lived in Arizona since 1992 with her husband, two children (one still in braces) and four rescue dogs. That translates into 296 teeth to take care of! [Editor's Note: Sandi is no longer a current DDAZ employee.]

Recent blog posts written by Sandi Perez

A Hole New World: The Risks Posed by Piercings

Though some people think lip and tongue piercings are trendy, there’s one thing that will never be in style: chipped teeth, which is just one of the problems that can happen when your mouth is bejeweled. If you’re considering a piercing – or if you have a teen who’s been asking for one – be […]

Grants Available for Oral Health Funding

The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its 2015 community grants program, which provides funding to organizations helping to improve the oral health of Arizonans.Organizations have until September 4, 2014 to apply for one, two or three-year grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to support oral health promotion and […]

Celebrate National Smile Month with Your Kids

National Smile Month (June 1-30) is a perfect opportunity to teach your children good oral health habits in a fun way. Some parents might wonder how the words “fun” and “oral health” can be in the same sentence, but with these tricks and tips, your child will enjoy brushing and flossing almost as much as […]

7 Ways to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Although they are only temporary, your child’s baby teeth are important and are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in babies and toddlers is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay or baby bottle rot, or more clinically, early childhood caries. Children need strong, healthy teeth for speech development, to chew their food and […]

Head and Neck Cancer Can Hurt your Mouth

Cancer: it is a terrifying word when you hear it. The one thing that never entered my mind as I began to battle melanoma, a form of skin cancer, was that my teeth and mouth would also be under siege. After two surgeries and facing radiation and drug treatment, I was wisely referred to my […]

2013 Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation Grantees [Infographic]

Tooth decay is nearly 100% preventable, yet it is the most common chronic disease in children. Thankfully, organizations across the state are working to combat dental disease in children, youth and pregnant mothers. In February, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation awarded $450,000 in community grant funding to 37 such organizations. The programs funded by […]

5 Reasons Not to Skip Breakfast

Mom didn’t say that breakfast was the most important meal of the day for nothing. Eating a well-balanced and healthy breakfast is important for so many reasons: Eating breakfast may help you make better food decisions later in the day. It is easier to stay on track for a well-balanced and healthy diet if you start off your […]

DDAZ Foundation Scores a Home Run at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

On July 28, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation welcomed 145 volunteers and their families to its annual Volunteer Appreciation Day at Chase Field. The day got off to an early start with the gates opening at 11 a.m. After our volunteers filtered in and happy hellos echoed in the air, we hurried to the […]

A child gets a sealant application as part of his school-based dental sealant program funded by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.

Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation Opens Grants Cycle for Oral Health Funding

Are you aware that an estimated 50% of Arizona kindergarteners have untreated tooth decay, often due to limited access to adequate dental services? To help reduce the effects of untreated tooth decay, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is pleased to announce the kick-off of the 2013-14 community grants program. The program provides funding to […]

A Visit to the Dentist for the Autistic Child: Challenging but not Traumatic

Going to the dentist can be hard for any child, but dental visits can be especially difficult for children with autism because of sensory overload. Fear not, parents can help prepare their autistic child for a visit to the dentist! In fact, your skills in planning and preparation have no doubt been sharpened to the […]

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