To improve access to care and preventive treatment for low-income children, 3M Oral Care recently donated more than $280,000 in dental products to America’s ToothFairy National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.
Emphasizing the need for preventive care, more than half of the donations were 3M Vanish Varnish and Fast Release Varnish. The donation also included hygiene products, dental equipment, crowns, adhesives, and cements.
The donations were distributed to 21 members of the America’s ToothFairy Dental Resource Program, a national network of nonprofit clinics providing essential oral healthcare to underserved children and families in their communities.
The Dental Resource Program supports nonprofit dental service providers to decrease their operating costs and increase their capacity to provide services for children. Member clinics must demonstrate a shared commitment to oral health education, prevention of pediatric disease, and addressing barriers to care.
“3M strives to assure that children in our communities have access to the care they need and are prepared for lifelong success,” said Sebastian Arana, president and general manager of 3M Oral Care. “It is our hope that these donations will help nonprofit dental clinics provide critical treatment and prevent tooth decay among underserved children.”
“Children who are living in pain from tooth decay lose sleep and miss school,” said Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy. “This generous donation from 3M not only helps our network of clinics treat more children, it demonstrates our shared commitment to prevent the needless suffering from tooth decay in the first place.”
Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $18 million in donated products, educational materials, and financial grants. This outreach has provided more than 8.8 million children and caregivers with oral healthcare and education, including more than 1 million screenings for underserved children.