Dental disease is preventable and yet, millions of low-income children go without dental care and routine exams each year. In an effort to improve access to care and preventative treatment, 3M Oral Care recently donated over $280,000 in dental products to America’s ToothFairy.
The donation, which consisted of hygiene products, dental equipment, crowns, adhesives and cements were distributed to 21 members of the America’s ToothFairy Dental Resource Program, a national network of nonprofit clinics providing essential oral health care to underserved children and families in their communities. Emphasizing the need for preventative care, more than half of the product donated was 3M™ Vanish™ Varnish and Fast Release Varnish.
“3M strives to assure that children in our communities have access to the care they need and are prepared for life-long success,” said Sebastian Arana, President and General Manager of 3M Oral Care. “It is our hope that these donations will help nonprofit dental clinics provide critical treatment and prevent tooth decay among underserved children.”
“Children who are living in pain from tooth decay lose sleep and miss school,” said Jill Malmgren, Executive Director of America’s ToothFairy. “This generous donation from 3M not only helps our network of clinics treat more children, it demonstrates our shared commitment to prevent the needless suffering from tooth decay in the first place. We are incredibly grateful for 3M’s continued support to improve the oral health of our nation’s youth.”
About 3M Oral Care
3M Oral Care promotes lifelong oral wellness through inventive solutions that help oral care professionals achieve greater clinical, professional and personal success around the world.
About America’s ToothFairy
As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy increases access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention, and treatment services for underserved children. Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $18 million in donated products, educational materials, and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit www.AmericasToothFairy.org.