The Benco Family Foundation has donated PRO-SYS toothbrushes to every public school elementary student in Chicago in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month this February as well as an additional 40,000 toothbrushes to University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry community service programs. With these contributions, the foundation tops 1 million toothbrushes donated.
Since 2015, the Benco Family Foundation has helped people worldwide through toothbrush donations with its Buy-One-Give-One program, Benco Dental reports. For every PRO-SYS adult tapered or antimicrobial toothbrush purchased from the company, the foundation donates a toothbrush to someone in need.
“The Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences supports community-based initiatives geared toward increasing access to care and reducing oral disease of underserved populations,” said Patrick D. Smith, DMD, MPH, clinical assistant professor at the UIC College of Dentistry.
“Our dental students work with over 35 community partners across the state to provide dental care and oral health education. This donation from the Benco Family Foundation will further those experiences and support our partners as they promote oral health in their respective communities,” said Smith.
“Through our toothbrush donation, the Benco Family Foundation is excited to build a strong relationship with the Chicago public schools and hopes to bring Lessons in a Lunchbox: Health Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks for the second and third grade classes next year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting,” said executive director Rebecca Binder.
“This national oral health and nutrition program reaches underserved elementary school children with a bright orange lunchbox filled with all the supplies for healthy teeth and smiles,” said Binder.