Delta Dental Awards America’s ToothFairy $50,000 Grant to Promote Oral Health in Texas Schools

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Collaborative effort will encourage daily oral health habits 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® supporting oral health services and education in Texas schools.

This year, America’s ToothFairy again will join Hispanic counterpart Ratoncito Pérez, who promotes children’s oral health on behalf of Delta Dental, to educate students in Texas school districts about the importance of oral health. The grant – the second awarded by Delta Dental to America’s ToothFairy in Texas – will be used to provide the ToothFairy 101 Community Education Kit to youth leaders and school nurses, assist schools with oral health programming for all age levels and distribute “The Adventures of Ratoncito Pérez” dental wellness educational video, along with other resources, to independent school districts in Texas. America’s ToothFairy and Ratoncito Pérez will team up in several independent school districts including Dallas, Arlington, Houston, Alvin and North East.

“Our aim is to increase oral health literacy so children don’t have to suffer the consequences of tooth decay,” said John Yamamoto, DDS, MPH, vice president of professional services for Delta Dental. “Childhood tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood illness, and we’re proud to team up with America’s ToothFairy once again to fight this disease.”

"We are very grateful to Delta Dental Insurance Company for their ongoing support for children’s oral health programs in Texas," said Fern Ingber, president and CEO of America’s ToothFairy. "Thanks to their support, underserved children will now have access to engaging, educational programs equipping them for a lifetime of good oral health.”

About Delta Dental Insurance Company
Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliates collectively provide dental benefits plans to 34.5 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The group of companies donated $6.9 million in 2015 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.

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 improving quality of life for underserved children. Through the #MySmileMatters Youth Movement, collaborative partnerships with a diverse array of national service organizations, growing network of non-profit clinical partners, dedicated professional and student volunteers, and suite of high-impact community education and 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 http://www.AmericasToothFairy.org.

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