Millions of children across the United States face challenges in accessing the necessary dental services for maintaining good health, resulting in a higher prevalence of tooth decay and potentially serious infections with long-term consequences.
America’s ToothFairy, an organization dedicated to improving access to pediatric dental services in under-resourced areas, is thrilled to introduce a new, no-cost initiative for dental offices to contribute to enhancing oral health outcomes for children in marginalized communities.
Through Scrap-4-Smiles, a campaign developed in collaboration with CrownBuyers, dental offices can now receive top prices for their precious metal scrap while supporting the nonprofit organization’s national Dental Resource Program (DRP). This program aims to boost access to oral health care by assisting nonprofit clinics and community partners in delivering education, prevention, and treatment services for underserved children.
Since 2006, DRP members have received over $25 million in donated dental products and equipment, educational materials, and financial grants. These contributions have played a crucial role in helping clinics provide dental services and education to millions of children in communities where accessing dental care can be challenging.
“The safety-net clinics we support are uniquely equipped to address the complex circumstances that prevent children from low-income homes from accessing the dental services they need to be healthy,” said Jill Malmgren, the executive director of America’s ToothFairy. “We have found that supporting their efforts is the most effective and efficient way to change oral health outcomes in communities with higher rates of poverty and in areas where there simply aren’t enough dental professionals to provide adequate care.”
Children’s Dental Services (CDS), a DRP member located in Minneapolis, is largely reliant upon grant funding and donations to support free and affordable dental care options for more than 33,000 vulnerable children throughout the state of Minnesota.
“Donated materials have continued to be very important to us,” said CDS’ executive director, Sarah Wovcha. “This year, support from America’s ToothFairy has made it possible for CDS to serve over 3,150 additional patients.”
TSC EcoSolutions, the parent company of CrownBuyers, has supported America’s ToothFairy as a corporate donor since 2012, and has served as the title sponsor of the Dental Resource Program for the past four years.
“We believe every child should receive the care they need to grow up with healthy smiles,” said Matt Sanders, CEO of TSC EcoSolutions. “I have seen first-hand the impact the organization is making and wanted to find additional ways to contribute that would also help our customers connect with their important mission.”
“We are excited about this offer from CrownBuyers, not only because it has the potential to substantially impact the number of children our DRP members can serve, but also because it will help build awareness about our organization within the dental community,” Malmgren continued. “The more people who engage with our mission, the better.”
For more information about recycling dental scrap to support dental services for kids in need, visit AmericasToothFairy.org/scrap4smiles.
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 2006, America’s ToothFairy has reached 14 million children and caregivers with oral health services and distributed millions 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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