Tokuyama Empowers Donates More Than $18,000 Worth of Products to Homeless Not Toothless

Posted on October 10, 2019

Tokuyama Empowers, Tokuyama Dental America’s corporate social responsibility program, is proud to donate more than $18,000 of dental products to Homeless Not Toothless. The nonprofit is committed to raising the pride and dignity of underserved children through quality and compassionate dental services. In particular, the focus of Homeless Not Toothless is on foster children; children living below the poverty line, in low-income areas, without insurance benefits.

With the donated products from Tokuyama Dental, Homeless Not Toothless will provide dental care to thousands of underserved children in the South Los Angeles area. South Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and Watts has been recognized as a low-income suburban area with lower educational attainment within its catchment (California Community Foundation). Dental care is lacking in this area and residents live below the poverty line.

With dental issues being the number one reason for absenteeism, Homeless Not Toothless is one solution to ensure children get to school and receive an education. Children who do not receive proper dental care are more likely to miss school than those who have preventative dental services.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates 51 million school hours are lost per year because of dental related illness, and children from lower income families are 12 times more likely to miss school due to dental problems.

“Underserved children face significant barriers to dental care. We are happy to partner with Homeless Not Toothless to address unmet dental needs that are hindering children from achieving their full potential.” said Masa Ogata, CEO of Tokuyama Dental America. 

Tokuyama Empowers, Tokuyama Dental America’s corporate social responsibility program, strives to increase access to dental care for underserved and uninsured populations by collaborating with nonprofits, free clinics, national and local associations, and volunteer dentists. Tokuyama Empowers supports its partners through product donations, enabling low-income people to receive the care they need to improve their health and quality of life.  

For more information, please contact Anna Mai at anna.mai@tokuyama-us.comor 1-877-378-3548.

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