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America’s ToothFairy holds its annual Celebration of Smiles event

By Fred Michmershuizen / DTA
February 22, 2019

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, volunteer treatment provided by individual care providers and organizational support from America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, countless numbers of children from low-income homes now have healthy smiles.

Since its founding in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has provided treatment and education to nearly 9.7 million children, according to the organization’s annual report. In addition, the NCOHF has distributed $14.4 million in dental products and equipment and has awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to clinics. Last year alone, more than half a million children received clinical and educational services and nearly a quarter-million caregivers received oral health education, the organization reported.

Results like these gave attendees at the 2019 gathering of Celebration of Smiles, the annual event held by America’s ToothFairy, plenty to cheer about. The no-frills gathering was held Thursday evening at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, adjacent to the Midwinter Meeting. Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy, offered a roundup of the organization’s most recent initiatives, which all target underserved children.

Malmgren also announced recipients of two of the association’s most recent grants.

Mobile Care Chicago, which provides high-quality services to underserved children in and around Chicago, received a $5,000 grant sponsored by Patterson Dental. Matt Siemer, executive director of Mobile Care Chicago, accepted a check from Tim Rogan, senior vice president and general manager of Patterson Dental.

In addition, the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, which provides service delivery and caregiver education and reinforces the importance of oral health for the entire family, received a $5,000 grant sponsored by GC America. Dr. Marcio de Fonseca, associate professor and head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry of University of Illinois, was on hand to receive a check presented by Dr. Mark Heiss, GC America’s director of regulatory and academic affairs.

Celebration of Smiles concluded with a presentation offered by the organization’s chair, Ann Bruck, U.S. professional services and industry relations manager of 3M Oral Care, who offered thanks to the many sponsors and volunteers who make the initiatives of America’s ToothFairy so successful.

Matt Siemer, executive director of Mobile Care Chicago, accepts a check from Tim Rogan, senior vice president and general manager of Patterson Dental, during the annual Celebration of Smiles event. (Photo: America’s ToothFairy)


Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy, offers a presentation on the organization’s many initiatives. (Photo: America’s ToothFairy)

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