Tokuyama Empowers, Tokuyama Dental America’s corporate social responsibility program, is partnering with Homeless Not Toothless to make dental care more accessible to underserved children. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing free, quality dental care to veterans, homeless people, foster youth, low-income children, and underserved populations in Los Angeles.
Since its inception 27 years ago, Homeless Not Toothless has treated more than 60,000 patients and provided more than $5 million in free care to those in need. It works with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, which is currently in charge of the education of 14,000 children in the South Los Angeles area. Many children are unable to focus at school and show symptoms of malnutrition due to dental pain and the sequelae of the various stages of their dental disease, Tokuyama reports.
With dental issues the number one reason for school absenteeism, Homeless Not Toothless is providing students in the South Los Angeles area screenings, cleanings, education, and dental care. Tokuyama also reports that 51 million school hours are lost each year because of dental related illness, and children from lower-income families are 12 times more likely to miss school due to dental problems than children from families with higher incomes.
As a partner with Homeless Not Toothless, Tokuyama will give its customers one free composite and donate another composite to the program for every two composites that its customers purchase, enabling the nonprofit to provide free care. For more information, visit offers.tokuyama-us.com/hnt.