Winter 2016

Little Smiles 

Oral health grants support underserved kids

Two dental school programs that provide care for underserved children have received grants and gifts to help fund their work.

The nonprofit Oral Health America awarded a $15,000 grant to the Tufts Statewide Community Dental Program, which cares for kids with special needs and those in Head Start or other programs for children from low-income households. The grant will be used to expand the number of children served by 10 percent and to increase the number of sealants and referrals.

American Dental Partners is also supporting the Community Dental Program with a $10,130 gift to purchase a portable patient chair with a hydraulic base for the Lee Elementary School in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The program serves 200 children, 25 percent of whom have special needs or are on the autism spectrum.

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation made two “Tooth Fairy Gifts” to the dental school totaling $10,000. The support will enable the Community Dental Program to collaborate with the Women, Infants and Children program to expand preventive dental care in the Springfield, Massachusetts, area. The second gift was used to sponsor Healthy Teeth/Healthy Body oral health education training for 200 youths participating in the Josiah Quincy Elementary School after-school programs in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

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