(Charlotte, NC, November 13, 2018) – One in five children in the United States goes without dental care each year, and children from lower income families are almost twice as likely to have tooth decay than those from higher income families. America’s ToothFairy is aiming to overcome financial barriers to care with their “Be the ToothFairy” campaign, which will launch on #GivingTuesday,November 27th. The campaign gives each donor the opportunity to sponsor annual preventive dental care and oral health education for up to five children.
“Tooth decay is the most common chronic untreated disease among children in the U.S.but it is largely preventable,” said Jill Malmgren, Executive Director ofAmerica’s ToothFairy, a national nonprofit based in Charlotte, NC that provides resources to nonprofit dental clinics and programs serving vulnerable populations across the country. “This campaign offers affordable options for anyone who wants to help a child avoid the pain and suffering of tooth decay by preventing it from happening in the first place.”
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that follows Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and kicks off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. America’s ToothFairy is hoping that this global movement to celebrate generosity will inspire individuals to “Be theToothFairy” for a child in need.
“The causes of restricted access to dental care for children are numerous and sometimes complicated,”Malmgren added, “however, our solution is quite simple. A monthly sponsorship as low as $10 will provide two annual check-ups, fluoride treatment, and oral health education for a child who would otherwise have to go without. That’s a small price to pay considering the lifetime cost for a single decayed tooth can be up to $2,187.”
For more information aboutAmerica’s ToothFairy and the “Be the ToothFairy” campaign, visit bit.ly/BeTheToothFairy.
About America’s ToothFairy
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. Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $19 million in donated products, educational materials and financialgrants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit www.AmericasToothFairy.org.
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