America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation® and The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters have partnered on a new initiative aimed at addressing the issue of pediatric dental disease. With the goal of maximizing resources to have a greater impact on the health of underserved children, the partnership will focus on oral health education, awareness building, and expanding access to preventative services and treatment.
The Salvation Army will also participate in the America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive—a national campaign held throughout February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, to collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other oral care products for underserved children.
“The Salvation Army is committed to addressing the most basic human needs, of which health is one of the most important,” said David Jeffrey, national commander of The Salvation Army USA. “We look forward to collaborating with America’s ToothFairy to raise awareness of the devastating impact of pediatric dental disease and to ensure the children and families we serve have access to quality, affordable oral health resources and services.”
“We are very proud to partner with The Salvation Army, recognizing their vital contributions to the health and wellness of families across our nation,” said Fern Ingber, America’s ToothFairy president and CEO. “We can think of no better partner in our effort to serve children and families in need.”
Pediatric dental disease is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting children in the United States. More than 40% of US children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, and 1 in 5 go without dental care. Left untreated, severe tooth decay can lead to malnourishment, anemia, life-threatening secondary infections, and even death.