Oral Health America (OHA) is the recipient of a three-year, $500,000 commitment from Ivoclar Vivadent, including an annual $50,000 grant as well as a commitment to provide $117,000 of dental product to OHA’s Smiles Across America Program Partners to help them serve more children by lowering their operating costs for supplies.
“Ivoclar Vivadent’s early investment in OHA’s older adults program, the Wisdom Tooth Project, allowed us to expand the program from a single strategy to five. Their continued commitment allows us to further our reach, bringing our programs to those who need them the most,” said Beth Truett, OHA president and CEO.
The commitment also contributes to OHA’s collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and community organizations in Western New York to offer the Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth oral health education curriculum and oral screenings to older adults aging in place in the greater Buffalo community.
“The programs we are developing together serve a population of people that deserve proper oral care. However, we have witnessed that the growing older American population does not always receive the care they deserve,” said Robert Ganley, Ivoclar Vivadent CEO. “The Wisdom Tooth Project is an invaluable initiative, and we will continue to find solutions for supporting our older adult population and their oral care needs.”
Ivoclar Vivadent also sponsored a challenge grant for OHA’s Older Adults Campaign, Leading by Living, part of the Campaign for Oral Health Equity. It featured older adults in a variety of roles, focused on their own oral health, that of their grandchildren for whom they’re caring, and the supports needed to create an equitable playing field.
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