Daily brushing helps prevent tooth decay, yet cavities are the leading chronic childhood disease in America. Unfortunately, many children in low-income families don’t have a toothbrush. When kids can’t brush every day to keep their smiles healthy, the pain of tooth decay can keep them from eating, sleeping, and attending school. Their poor oral hygiene habits contribute to the vicious cycle of poverty.
That’s why America’s ToothFairy is grateful for the support of SmileMakers. Since 2012, they have donated a toothbrush to America’s ToothFairy for every toothbrush sold during February, National Children’s Dental Health Month. (In addition to that, SmileMakers matches all online cash donations to our Smile Drive campaign by doubling the number of toothbrushes we can purchase with funds that are raised in February.) In total, SmileMakers has donated 600,000 toothbrushes to support our Smile Drive campaign and the nonprofit organizations that receive resources from America’s ToothFairy.
Last year,* more than 100,000 toothbrushes donated by SmileMakers were distributed to more than 115 organizations serving kids in under-resourced communities across the United States, including nonprofit dental clinics, food banks, foster care organizations, Head Start programs, local health departments and more.
Future Smiles Dental Clinic at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock was one of the organizations that received toothbrushes last year. “All children seen in the clinic, and those screened were given toothbrushes to take home,” the clinic’s manager Jolene Perkins told us. “Without this donation, we would be unable to provide this service!”
“SmileMakers is proud to support America’s ToothFairy in their endeavor to bring dental education and care to underserved children,” said Julie Quaranta, SmileMaker’s Healthcare Market Manager. “Our mission, To Make Smiles Happen, could not align better with any other organization. America’s ToothFairy works diligently to make sure those smiles are healthy smiles!”
To help kids in need in your community have the dental hygiene supplies they need to have healthy smiles, participate in our Smile Drive campaign by collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other oral care items. Learn more at SmileDrive.org.
*Last year refers to our fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021)