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LA Dental Center Turns Funds Over

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LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry has a special reason to pull for the New Orleans Saints defense. Every time the defense forces a turnover, Louisiana Dental Center turns over funding to LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, though the donations are very generously rounded up. For the seventh year, Louisiana Dental Center brought a Saints player to the Dental School to help present a generous check and meet senior dental students. This year's special guest was New Orleans native and Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux.

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Louisiana Dental Center, a private group dental practice founded by Dr. Joey Lacoste ('80), found a way to unite a commitment to support Louisiana's only dental school with its enthusiasm for New Orleans Saints football by pledging to donate, or turn over, $250 for every takeaway the Saints’ defense creates. This year, Louisiana Dental Center presented a donation of $10,000 to Dr. Henry Gremillion, Dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry.
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The donation will support the LSU Health New Orleans Dental Summer Enrichment Program, an intensive program for undergraduate students from under-represented minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare them for dental school admission and improve the diversity of the dental profession serving Louisiana.
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Two lucky students also benefit from the event. They win tickets to an upcoming Saints home game!

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the State of Louisiana and about 75% of the dentists and dental hygienists practicing in Louisiana are its graduates. Many of the Louisiana Dental Center dentists are alumni.