Tom’s of Maine, maker of natural personal care products, is marking the fourth year of its Dental Health for All™ program by awarding $120,000 in grants to community dental health programs in six states across the country.

“Tom’s of Maine is pleased to continue its long history of partnering with consumers, nonprofit organizations, and retail partners to strengthen communities throughout the country,” said  Tom Chappell, CEO and cofounder of Tom’s of Maine. “This year, our Dental Health for All program is providing grants to eight dental clinics…for long term patient capacity improvements, operatory upgrades, and new equipment.”

Tom’s of Maine began the Dental Health for All program in 2004 in response to the Surgeon General’s report on oral health. The study found that more than 120 million Americans have no dental insurance. Many wait 12 months for an appointment at a public dental clinic, and at those clinics, it is not unusual to see 3-year-olds needing multiple root canals, extractions, and stainless steel crowns. In addition, millions have trouble obtaining the dental care they need because they can’t afford it or because they live in underserved areas where dentists are scarce. Since its inception, the program has made $670,000 worth of donations to dental clinics nationwide.

For more information, visit www.tomsofmaine.com.

[Tom’s of Maine, April 26, 2007]