Every child deserves a healthy smile.

Our Mission & Vision

Millions of children are without access to dental services and face ongoing health consequences as a result, including untreated tooth decay and other, more intensive dental needs. As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy increases access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children.

We work to ensure all children can access dental care and learn about oral health.


In 2000, the Surgeon General issued a national call to action to address the “silent epidemic” of dental disease. Today, pediatric dental disease (severe tooth decay) remains the most prevalent chronic disease affecting children in America.

Founded in 2006 by internationally recognized clinician, Cherilyn Sheets, DDS, America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) was established as a collaborative effort of clinicians, academicians, corporate leaders and caring individuals to address the children’s oral health crisis.

Today, America’s ToothFairy continues its commitment to improving children’s oral health outcomes by serving as a resource provider to individuals and organizations facilitating oral health prevention and education services, as well as those providing dental treatment, especially to children in underserved populations.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have provided more than $19.7 million in donated dental products and equipment, educational materials, financial grants and programming to nonprofit dental clinics and community partners. Over 6.6 million children have received oral health care and education from clinics relying on our support. Since 2014, nearly 2 million oral care products have been distributed to families in need thanks to our corporate partners and volunteers participating in our Smile Drive campaign.

Our Board

Ann Bruck


U.S. Professional Services and Industry Relations Manager, 3M Oral Care

Maplewood, MN

Paul A. Guggenheim

vice chair

Western Region President, 
Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.

St. Paul, MN

Paul Mondock


President for the Americas, Septodont

Lancaster, PA

Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, DDS, PhD

Scientific Advisory Board Chair

Director, Oral Health Services Research Core Chair & Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry, VCU

Richmond, VA

Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD

Founder and Director of Practical Clinical Courses

Provo, UT

Thomas Engels

Retired Vice President and General Manager, 3M Oral Care

St. Paul, MN

Roger George

Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Align Technology, Inc.

San Francisco, CA

Greg Sheehan

Group Vice President, Dentsply Sirona Preventive

New York, NY

Cherilyn G. Sheets, DDS

Private Practice Dentist

Newport Beach, CA

Jill Malmgren

Executive Director (Ex-Officio), America's ToothFairy

Charlotte, NC


Our Team

Jennifer Merritt

Director of Operations

Jennifer is responsible for financial management and human resources. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Management from Notre Dame College of Ohio.


Robin Vann

National Program Manager

Robin is responsible for overseeing the Oral Health Zone Program, Dental Resource Program and HERO Program. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, a Master’s degree in Urban Policy from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spelman College.


Kelleigh White

Program Assistant, smile drive

As the program assistant for the Smile Drive Program, Kelleigh’s goal is to bring awareness of the importance of children’s oral health to the Charlotte community. She graduated from Virginia State University with a Bachelors in Public Health and Masters of Science in Business Administration.


Jessica McDonald

Development Coordinator

Jess is responsible for fundraising, donor management and organizing special events. She manages relationships with current and prospective donors, bolstering membership and researching ways to bring in additional funds. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Jan Badger

Communications Manager

Jan is responsible for all marketing strategy, communications materials, and managing media relationships and social media outreach. She has worked as a media professional and served private-sector and nonprofit clients as a marketing and design professional for over 20 years.


Oral Health Zone Managers

Matilde Gabriela


Learn more about the Los Angeles Oral Health Zone

Jo Jass, RDH


Learn more about the Orange County Oral Health Zone

Rachel Townsend


Learn more about the Arkansas Oral Health Zone

Mary Vanderwert


Learn more about the Minnesota Oral Health Zone


3M Oral Care promotes lifelong oral wellness by providing inspired science-based solutions that help dental professionals achieve greater clinical, professional and personal success. Named most innovative company in the dental industry worldwide for 11 consecutive years, 3M products support dental professionals and their patients to realize optimal outcomes.

Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry.

Title Sponsor of our Chicago Smiles Initiative. GC America Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative dental products dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction, with enthusiastic sales and marketing professionals committed to excellence.

Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces that uses a series of virtually invisible and removable aligners that gradually move teeth over time. The benefits include no food restrictions, ability to easily maintain healthy dental brushing habits, minimal interference with sports or other activities, and teeth get straightened without most people knowing you are in treatment.

KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community. KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential. They offer solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments.

Title Sponsor of our National Mobile Care Initiative. Patterson Companies, Inc. is a value-added distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian and rehabilitation supply markets. As Patterson’s largest business, Patterson Dental provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America.

Since 1932, Septodont‘s broad product range has provided the dental community with the most reliable and efficient solutions to their operatory challenges. Septodont’s unrelenting commitment to quality, innovation and service has earned it worldwide recognition as a market leader in pain management and regeneration products. Today, hundreds of thousands of dentists in more than 150 countries rely on Septodont’s dental products.



Financial Accountability

America’s ToothFairy is a GuideStar Exchange Platinum Participant.

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America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Board of Directors and management of NCOHF is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct, financial management, and donor stewardship. NCOHF is audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

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