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America’s ToothFairy Set to Exceed $20 Million in Donated Products for Safety-Net Dental Clinics

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When Edward brought his family to their local food pantry in Summit, New Jersey, to pick up fresh produce, his children had more than hungry bellies. Sadly, his four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son had learned to live with dental pain. Everything changed for them that day when Edward learned that the KinderSmile Oral Health Program would be visiting the food pantry to connect families with essential dental services.

Staff at Dental Health Arlington in Arlington, TX share their thanks after receiving donated dental burrs. To date, 31 nonprofit clinics have received dental burs from a recent donation from America’s ToothFairy and SS White Dental worth more than $1.2 million.

Upon examination, the KinderSmile team discovered 12 cavities and the need for multiple root canals, deep fillings, and extractions for Edward’s daughter, and eight cavities in her little brother’s mouth. It was a predicament KinderSmile is all too familiar with; delayed treatment turning minor tooth decay into an urgent dental crisis.

For families like Edward’s, dental care is a luxury that is often out of reach for many reasons.

In communities with high poverty rates or a shortage of affordable dental care providers, safety-net clinics like KinderSmile can struggle to keep up with demand. Children who live in these communities often wait a year or longer to get an appointment, leading to more costly treatment.

“Dental insurance, transportation, inconvenient hours for working parents, and lack of professionals who are willing to spend the extra time and resources to treat patients who are very young, those who may have behavioral problems, or those who need more time because of a disability, are some of the barriers that underserved communities typically face,” KinderSmile’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Nicole McGrath-Barnes, said.

In recent years, the organization has seen an increase in the cost of infection control and clinical supplies required to maintain the health and safety of their staff and patients. Although their monthly supply expenses have nearly doubled, they are not seeking any additional fees from patients to close the gap and provide access to oral health education and dental care regardless of insurance status.

“We rely on donated supplies to maintain the high standard of care and volume of children that we are able to serve,” McGrath-Barnes added. “We are proud to provide dental homes with the feel of private dental offices, where patients are treated with dignity, respect, and cultural sensitivity.”

As a member of the Dental Resource Program of America’s ToothFairy, KinderSmile qualifies for free resources, including donated dental supplies and equipment, to help them stretch their budget and serve more children.

KinderSmile was one of 31 nonprofit dental care providers that recently received donated dental burrs from SS White Dental, which donated more than 1.2 million dollars’ worth of carbide and diamond burrs to America’s ToothFairy. Now in their 19th year, the nationwide nonprofit organization will reach more than 20 million dollars in distributed dental supplies and equipment to their Dental Resource Program (DRP) members this year.

“We believe that nonprofit dental clinics are the best way to ensure that all families can access the dental home their children need to treat dental disease and prevent tooth decay from happening in the first place,” said Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy. “Safety-net clinics can break the cycle of poor oral health in low-income and underserved areas with support from the dental community.”

To increase access to dental care, America’s ToothFairy leverages its partnerships with major dental companies to provide donated supplies so that nonprofit dental clinics can stretch their budgets and serve more kids than they could alone. Since 2006, DRP members have provided oral health services in under-resourced communities across the United States, serving more than 10 million kids and caregivers, including Edward’s family.

Since his encounter with KinderSmile, Edward has been bringing his children regularly for comprehensive care. After several visits, the kids have been receptive to treatment, and their mouths are nearly fully restored. They will be able to start school free of pain and infection, better equipped to eat, speak, sleep, play, and learn, with better confidence and self-esteem.

“We are so thankful to have SS White as a partner to help more kids get the dental care they need to be healthy,” Malmgren added. “Our program members count on the generosity of others to expand care to the kids that need it most. Donated supplies free up resources to help our members serve more children and shorten wait times.”

“We strive to change the shape of dentistry every day. It’s critical to us that kids receive dental care and resources to improve their oral health,” said Tom Gallop, CEO of SS White. “We are proud to support America’s ToothFairy and their mission to increase access to dental care for children and teens living in underserved communities.”

Other recently donated products include an assortment from Cosmedent, GC America, and Tokuyama, toothbrushes and toothpaste from Crest and Oral-B, and dental puppets and toothbrushes from SmileMakers.

For more information about donating dental products and equipment or office supplies to the nonprofit dental care providers served by America’s ToothFairy, visit AmericasToothFairy.org/donate-a-product.

About SS White

As a dental manufacturer, SS White has always strived to bring high-quality dental products to market, to enable practitioners to work more accurately and precisely, and to maximize comfort and quality for each and every patient who enters a dental office. The company proudly bears the name of its founder and continually maintains its original objective: better products for better dentistry. Learn more at www.sswhitedental.com.

About America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation

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 $23 million in donated products, educational materials, and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit AmericasToothFairy.org.

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