More than 500,000 children would lack access to dental care and preventive treatments if not for the nonprofit clinics that participant in the America’s ToothFairy Dental Resource Program, according to the organization. Members of the program receive grant funding, educational materials, and product donations that allow them to expand the number of children they serve.
Recently, 3M Oral Care provided a series of product and equipment donations worth $154,585, bringing the company’s lifetime product donation total to the Dental Resource Program to more than $2.25 million.
“Access to dental care is vital to the overall health, education, and development of children,” said Sebastian Arana, president and general manager of 3M Oral Care. “The work that we support through our longstanding partnership with America’s ToothFairy is essential for low-income families who rely on nonprofit clinics to access care and prevent decay.”
As the Title Sponsor of the America’s ToothFairy National Varnish Initiative, 3M donated its Vanish Varnish and CavityShield Varnish to help prevent decay in at-risk children. The donation also included hygiene products, dental equipment, crowns, adhesives, and cements. The items were distributed to the Dental Resource Program.
“We are so thankful to 3M Oral Care and America’s ToothFairy for their generous donation of dental supplies and equipment,” said Dena Hunt, program manager for FirstHealth Dental Care in Southern Pines, North Carolina, a participant in the Dental Resource Program. “These products will impact so many children and aid us in providing dental care for our patients!”
“3M is proud to support America’s ToothFairy,” said Ann Bruck, RDH, 3M global scientific affairs and education leader and America’s ToothFairy Board chair. “Their resources and programs ensure nonprofit dental clinics are equipped to provide critical services for those most in need and make a difference in the lives of thousands of children each year.”
Product donations often make the difference between serving more children or having to turn them away, America’s ToothFairy says.
“The nonprofit clinics we serve rely on donations in order to make ends meet. That’s why product donations from generous sponsors like 3M are so essential to help the millions of families in our country who struggle to find affordable dental care,” said Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy.
“We are so grateful for 3M’s support over the years and for this milestone donation,” Malmgren said. “We can count the number of children who have received dental care thanks to their support, but the impact on these kids’ lives is truly immeasurable.”