As part of its mission to support oral health education for underserved communities, America’s ToothFairy awarded a $5,000 grant to the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. The presentation, which took place at their annual Celebration of Smiles event held February 21st during the Chicago Dental Society’s MidWinter Meeting, was part of America’s ToothFairy’s Chicago Smiles Initiative.
In Chicago 63% of third graders have caries and more than half go untreated. The initiative, which is sponsored by GC America, supports service delivery and caregiver education and reinforces the importance of oral health for the entire family. Last year, the initiative helped 19,298 children and 11,583 caregivers in and around Chicago receive oral health education.
The grant was received on behalf of Marcio de Fonseca, DDS, MS, associate professor and head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at theUniversity of Illinois.