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NCOHF awards Dental Hygienists’ Toothfairy Grants

By Dental Tribune
March 30, 2009

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) has awarded three Dental Hygienists’ Toothfairy Grants totaling US$14,000 to organizations to help eliminate children’s suffering from preventable dental disease. Grants are made possible through contributions to the Dental Hygienists’ Toothfairy Campaign in partnership with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

NCOHF President and CEO Fern Ingber said, “NCOHF is very grateful to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and all dental hygienists who have made generous contributions to the Toothfairy Campaign. Together we are focused on providing underserved children effective preventive oral health services that break the cycle of preventable pediatric dental disease.”

Dental Hygienists’ Toothfairy Grants were awarded to the following NCOHF Affiliate network organizations:

• US$10,000 to Catholic Healthcare West of Chandler, AZ, USA, which, in collaboration with multiple community partners, has expanded its new dental clinic to reduce the incidence of needless suffering through its prevention and intervention dental program.

• US$2,000 to Primary Health Care Dental Clinic of Des Moines, IA, USA, for vital prevention education program materials that teach positive behaviors to prevent pediatric dental disease.

• US$2,000 to A Fluoride Connection Non Profit Corporation of Madison, WI, USA, for materials teaching prevention and positive behaviors that prevent needless pain caused by pediatric dental disease.
Recipients are members of NCOHF’s national affiliate network, dedicated to delivering comprehensive oral health treatment and preventive educational services to millions of economically disadvantaged children and their families.

Nancy Adrianse, RDH for Primary Health Care, expressed her excitement.

“The funding is very beneficial since we are currently seeing many more people who do not have the means to pay for dental care in our clinics,” Adrianse said. “We are very excited to receive our educational material and begin using it with our most vulnerable children. Thank you so much for this great opportunity!”

The NCOHF is dedicated to raising awareness of the No. 1 chronic childhood illness: pediatric dental disease, facilitating delivery of comprehensive pediatric oral health services and eliminating this preventable disease from future generations. The NCOHF draws on vast national resources to secure and distribute product and financial donations along with innovative preventive programs to a growing network of not-for-profit community-based universities, health centers, dental clinics and mobile programs throughout America.

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