America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation was established in 2006 to address the silent epidemic of childhood tooth decay. Our mission is to increase access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention, and treatment services for under-served children. America's ToothFairy divides our efforts into two main categories:
Prevention & Education Programs: Though dental disease is largely preventable in children, most oral health efforts focus on treatment, rather than prevention, creating an unhealthy dynamic where a child's dental health is overlooked or ignored until he or she is in severe pain or after more invasive and expensive treatment becomes necessary. America's ToothFairy promotes the prevention message and increases oral health literacy by providing comprehensive programming and educational resources to organizations and individuals reaching children and families in need.
Access to Care Programs: While the Affordable Care Act expands dental benefits for children, it does not address critical access to care issues caused by the loss of school-based dental education programs, state budget cuts, low reimbursement rates preventing providers from accepting Medicaid patients, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), and the overall lack of Medicaid dollars for dental care. Due to limited or no access to oral health care, children from impoverished families and some minority groups are disproportionally affected and experience much higher rates of tooth decay. America's ToothFairy expands access to dental care by acting as a comprehensive resource provider for nonprofit dental clinics providing preventive services and restorative treatment for underserved children and youth.
Since its inception in 2006, America's ToothFairy has provided more than $19.7 million in donated dental products and equipment, educational materials, financial grants and programming to nonprofit dental clinics and community partners. Over 9.6 million children have received oral health care and education from clinics relying on our support. Since 2014, nearly 2 million oral care products have been distributed to families in need thanks to our corporate partners and volunteers participating in our Smile Drive campaign.
• Expand access to dental care for underserved children
• Supply nonprofit/safety net clinics and dental providers with essential resources including educational materials, donated products and equipment, financial grants, and community engagement programs to expand their capacity to treat more children
• Provide educational materials to community partners to increase oral health literacy among families
• Elevate overall awareness about oral health among our constituents
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. We are uniquely positioned to address this problem due to: 1) a core competency in training and equipping community stakeholders, no matter their dental background as oral health educators and advocates; 2) a focus on disease prevention, helping families and communities avoid the high physical and financial cost of untreated decay; 3) optimization of resources and avoiding duplication of efforts by collaborating with organizations already serving children in need; and 4) distribution of oral health education curriculum and materials approved by leading health professionals and refined over years of implementation and testing.
America's ToothFairy tracks the following outcomes to measure overall program impact.
1. The number who received educational and/or dental services as a result of our support
2. Amount invested in improving children's oral health outcomes including the value of donated product/equipment, financial grants, and educational materials distributed to nonprofit and safety net clinics, organizations reaching underserved populations and volunteers conducting outreach projects.
3. Quantity and/or value of educational materials distributed
4. Quantity of stakeholders trained and/or equipped to deliver oral health education
5. Quantity of oral care products distributed to benefit underserved youth
• 9,694,630 children and caregivers have received oral health services through programs and clinics we support.
• More than $14.4 million in dental products and equipment have been distributed to safety net clinics serving children in need.
• More than $2.4 million in financial grants have been awarded to support the delivery of dental care and education for vulnerable youth and their caregivers
In FY 2018:
• Our National Mobile Care Initiative, sponsored by Patterson Dental, provided critical resources and support to 42 mobile dental clinics providing services for 152,641 children.
• 108,564 children received sealants through our National Sealant Initiative, sponsored by Septodont.
• 250,581 children received ﬂuoride varnish through our National Varnish Initiative, sponsored by 3M.
• 250,478 children received screenings with our National Screening Initiative, sponsored by KaVo Kerr.
• 201,435 children received cleanings with our Kids’ Dental Cleaning Initiative, sponsored by Dentsply Sirona.
• With generous support from Invisalign, 43 kids received services because of In the Gap grants.
• Through our Chicago Smiles Initiative, sponsored by GC America, we are overcoming significant barriers faced by underserved families in Chicago and surrounding areas with an emphasis on the education of grandparents, parents and other adult caregivers.
• Since its inception in 2014, 1,861,924 oral care products have been given to families in need through our Smile Drive program.