A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

Children's Healthy Smile Project

THE PROBLEM

Many disadvantaged children who lack good oral hygiene habits or dental care can have severe tooth decay and gum disease which may result in physical pain or discomfort. In many cases, this leads to low self-esteem and potentially significant health issues. Early intervention with education for both parent and child, plus basic oral hygiene supplies, can make a difference now and in the future.

OUR MISSION

We strive to improve children's oral hygiene and promote a healthy smile by providing oral hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and educational materials to children in need.

HOW WE CAN HELP

  • Head Start? We love to support Head Start Organizations!

  • Elementary School Teacher? Disadvantaged Children?  Let us help.

  • Dental School? Dental Hygiene School? Glad to work with you!

  • Other Children's Health Organization? We can support you.

WHAT WE DO

Dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic childhood disease – 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. Over 50 percent of 5- to 9-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling, and that proportion increases to 78 percent among 17-year-olds.

Poor children suffer twice as much dental caries as their more affluent peers, and their disease is more likely to be untreated.

More than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness. Poor children suffer nearly 12 times more restricted-activity days than children from higher-income families. Pain and suffering due to untreated diseases can lead to problems in eating, speaking and attending to learning.

 

We have taken steps to remedy these issues through a dedicated effort that includes:

  • Providing "Smile Kits" with age appropriate dental hygiene supplies, consisting of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss

  • Providing fun handouts such as dental themed comic books, reproducible master handouts

  • Providing ADA booklets on children's dental health for parents

  • Providing Head Start compliant teacher classroom kits 

  • Providing dental related children's textbooks in English and/or Spanish

  • Providing teaching aids such as mask, bibs, children's role playing gear

  • Supporting Grant applications

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We need assistance in purchasing the dental supplies "Smile Kit" and educational materials as a first line of defense against the dental disease epidemic in the U.S. today.

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PAST PROJECTS

“Parents have expressed how grateful they were to receive the toothbrush, toothpaste & activity booklet to continue oral health education at home... Thank you for the opportunity to present good oral health concepts to our children.”

Luzerne County Head Start

Health Specialist

Mary Belles