Align Technology will be a Title Sponsor of the America’s ToothFairy Health Education Resources and Outreach (HERO) program, which provides oral health education resources to nonprofit dental clinics, public health organizations, educators, and volunteers.
Align’s recent $100,000 donation marks the company’s thirteenth year of support for America’s ToothFairy, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to safety-net dental clinics and oral health organizations serving children with restricted access to dental care.
To date, Align has provided more than $1.8 million toward operational expenses and children’s oral health programs, helping nearly 8.9 million children and their caregivers learn about the prevention of dental disease.
“Tooth decay doesn’t stop for a pandemic,” said Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy.
“With support from Align, last year we were able to quickly shift our educational efforts to provide free resources online so that kids could learn how to prevent tooth decay from their homes,” Malmgren said.
“Since April, nearly 600,000 kids have been reached using our downloadable educational resources. We are very excited to see what we will accomplish in the coming year with the renewed commitment of this long-standing partnership,” she said.
Tooth decay is the most prevalent childhood disease and can lead to pain, embarrassment, and life-threatening infections if left untreated, America’s ToothFairy said. In the United States, children age 2 to 11 from low-income households have more severe cases of tooth decay and are less likely to have access to dental care, America’s ToothFairy added.
“At Align, we understand that a healthy, beautiful smile can have an enormous impact on a child’s self-esteem and future success,” said Julie Paulsen, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Align Technology and member of the America’s ToothFairy Board of Directors.
“We are proud to partner with America’s ToothFairy and support their efforts to ensure that more children have access to dental care and education,” Paulsen said.
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