Underwriters include 3M ESPE, DENTSPLY, Invisalign, the KaVo Kerr Group, Wells Fargo, Septodont, and Patterson Dental, all of which were recognized during the reception. And these companies just represent the beginning of support.
“Everybody in the profession seems to know about America’s ToothFairy,” said Christensen. “Have you noticed every time you turn around, there’s another supporting partner? The Salvation Army. The Army Reserve. Many groups are seeing the value of the organization and what it can do for kids.”
America’s ToothFairy also wants to team up with individual dentists through its Practice of Distinction program. It gives participating practitioners marketing tools including oral health lessons, press release templates, certificates of appreciation, Kids Club memberships for patients, digital ads and badges, and more.
“It enables dentists and practices to be positioned as heroes in their community,” said Ingber. “When they become a member, there’s no work on their part. It’s a turnkey program. It gives them an opportunity to be part of this movement and part of the solution.”
Solutions are necessary, too, especially as current research indicates the vital role that oral health plays in overall systemic health. Children who suffer from tooth decay, which is completely preventable, as America’s ToothFairy points out, are at risk for malnutrition, obesity, diabetes, and even cardiovascular disease Ultrasonic Scaler.
“If you have a child who has extremely high biofilm levels learn how to brush their teeth and do it on a consistent basis, the overall bacterial count in their mouth will drop,” said Sheets. “They’re going to have fewer throat infections. They’re going to have fewer ear infections. They’re going to be healthier.”
“We have started now looking at all these nontraditional partners. You’ve got Boys and Girls Club centers dental handpiece. You have all of these partners that understand the medical side,” said Ingber. “America’s ToothFairy is integrating oral health discussions and awareness into these programs to make them understand the problem does not have to happen.”
During the reception, America’s ToothFairy honored Sheets as well as Dan Even, 2008-2009 chair; Thomas Engels, current audit chair; Chris Clark, 2010-2012 chair; Thomas Prescott, 2013-2014 chair; and Henk van Dyijnhoven, 2015-2016 chair. These officers played key roles in forming the Esther Williams Education Program, Bay Area Oral Health Zone, and other outreaches. And already, there are big plans for the next decade.
“We’re going to engage more dental professionals scian nebulizer. They need to be part of this movement, because we need to go out directly more and more to the public. We’re going to have a directory of practices that care. We’re going to talk more and more about the power of the smile, the beauty of the smile,” said Ingber. “Eventually, we’re moving out globally.”