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Smile Guardians Protect Kids' Smiles

In America today, many children don’t know what causes dental disease and how they can prevent tooth decay. The result is often a lifetime of poor oral health.

Every child should know how to keep their smiles healthy and have what they need to prevent tooth decay.

Through our Smile Guardian education initiative, donors improve the lives of children by providing Protect Your Smile education resource kits. 

We’re celebrating the first year of the Smile Guardian Initiative and what our donors have accomplished. During FY21 Dr. Sam Glick of Cleveland Smile Center, Patterson Dental Supply, and Delta Dental of North Carolina made it possible to distribute 57 Smile Guardian kits to reach 2,850 kids with oral health education.

Left: America’s ToothFairy National Programs Manager, Robin Vann prepares to deliver Protect Your Smile Resource Kits sponsored by Dr. Sam Glick of Cleveland Smile Center to Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio/Cleveland. Middle: Employees from Guilford County Partnership for Children in Greensboro, NC thank Smile Guardian sponsor Delta Dental of NC for their resource kits. Right: Healthier smiles are inside each kit, which include fun educational activities, stickers, and dental hygiene products for kids. Top Image: A young patient at Just Kids Dental in Two Harbors, Minnesota receives his education packet and hygiene supplies thanks to our Smile Guardian supporter Patterson Dental.

Kits are distributed to organizations serving at-risk kids including the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA programs, nonprofit dental clinics, and more. The kits include educational activity packets, fun stickers, and dental hygiene products for at-home care.

Together, we can create a future where every child has a healthy smile!

If you would like Protect Your Smile Resource Kits for the kids in need in your community, download our Smile Guardian brochure to learn more or email us at to see how we can make it happen together!

When kids have healthy smiles, they perform better at school, lead healthier lives, have higher self-esteem, and experience more opportunities for future success. Since 2006 our oral health education resources have helped more than 8.8 million kids and their parents learn how to protect their smiles from tooth decay. Become a Smile Guardian to help even more kids in the year to come!

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