The Dentsply Sirona leadership team helped prepare dental kits for children in need for Smile Train to raise cleft awareness.
Building on its partnership with Smile Train and in anticipation of the Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in July, Dentsply Sirona’s Leadership Team recently took action together to create healthy smiles and increase access to dental education by preparing dental kits to deliver to patients and their families at Smile Train facilities in Colombia and Brazil.
In April, Dentsply Sirona’s leadership team took time to pack 300 oral health kits consisting of a sustainable toothbrush, toothpaste, timers, and floss. The partnership between Dentsply Sirona and Smile Train has already helped over 1,000 children to gain access to high quality, comprehensive cleft treatment.
The kits also contained a flyer that educates cleft patients and their families on oral care best practices. Leaders also wrote “Get well” cards to patients undergoing cleft treatment at Smile Train partner treatment centers in Colombia and Brazil. During a recent trip to Colombia, Erania Brackett, senior vice president Orthodontic Aligner Solutions & Customer Experience and Head of Sustainability at Dentsply Sirona, had the chance to hand deliver some of the kits to children undergoing treatment there.
“It was a privilege to meet some of the doctors working with Smile Train and to see firsthand what a difference their work is making in the lives of patients and their families,” said Brackett. “It was also wonderful to interact with and be able to put a face to some of the patients there. I was so glad to have the opportunity to give them the oral health kits we had prepared.”
As part of Dentsply Sirona’s sustainability strategy “BEYOND: Taking action for a brighter world,” partnerships with organizations like Smile Train are critical to helping improve the quality of and access to oral health around the globe.
In July, during the Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, the company encourages everyone to join hands and take action to support children with clefts and increase their access to care. For more information, visit the partnership website.
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