Delta Dental awards America’s ToothFairy $50,000 grant to promote dental wellness and health in Texas schools

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Collaboration will help emphasize positive effects of good oral health at school and at home

Delta Dental Insurance Company announced today its grant of $50,000 to America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation® to support oral health services and education in nine Texas school districts.

As part of the America's ToothFairy Texas Oral Health Zone Program®, America’s ToothFairy will join Ratoncito Pérez, the tooth fairy’s Hispanic counterpart who promotes children’s oral health on behalf of Delta Dental, to educate students in Texas school districts about the importance of oral health. America’s ToothFairy will use Delta Dental’s grant to distribute bilingual educational materials, provide community education kits to youth leaders and school nurses, and assist schools with oral health programming for all age levels.

America’s ToothFairy and Ratoncito Pérez will team up in the following school districts: Alvin, Arlington, Channelview, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galena, Houston, Pasadena and Richardson.

“We look forward to collaborating with America’s ToothFairy in Texas as we have a similar mission and share common goals — including the improvement of oral health and access to care, especially for children,” said John Yamamoto, DDS, MPH, vice president of Professional Services for Delta Dental.

"We are very grateful to Delta Dental Insurance Company for their generous support for this initiative to expand delivery of oral health education to underserved communities in Texas," said Fern Ingber, President and CEO of America’s ToothFairy. "By distributing bilingual educational materials, engaging high school students as mentors to younger children, and mobilizing school nurses as oral health educators, previously unreached populations of at-risk children will receive the tools they need for the prevention of tooth decay and a lifetime of healthy smiles."

About Delta Dental Insurance Company
Delta Dental Insurance Company, along with several other Delta Dental companies under common management, collectively provides dental benefits plans to nearly 33 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The group of companies donated more than $5.5 million in 2014 in support of programs focusing on prevention of dental disease, access to care, advancement in dental science and exploring the connections between oral and overall health. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation’s largest dental benefits system. For more information on children’s preventive dental care, please visit Delta Dental’s website:

About America's ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation®
America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of one of the most prevalent chronic childhood illnesses: pediatric dental disease, facilitating the delivery of comprehensive oral health services and eliminating this preventable disease from future generations. With a growing Affiliate Network of exemplary non-profit community programs, Kids Club, and professional and student service programs, America’s ToothFairy is building a powerful, united effort to eliminate tooth decay and protect the smiles of our most vulnerable children. For more information, visit


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