Children’s Health Fund kicks off Guardians of the Smile program with appearance by China Anne McClain

The Guardians of the Smile event launches a nationwide partnership between The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and Children's Health Fund, who have teamed up to ensure children do not fall behind in school because of their dental health.

Jun 5th, 2018
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Mobile dental van in Manhattan helped kick off Guardians of the Smile event.

Kindergarten and first grade students at PS 36 Margaret Douglas School in Manhattan were treated to a special event with actress and singer China Anne McClain to learn about the importance of good oral hygiene. The students will brush and floss giant teeth, among several fun and interactive activities designed to promote good oral hygiene at an early age.

The Guardians of the Smile event launches a nationwide partnership between The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and Children's Health Fund, who have teamed up to ensure children do not fall behind in school because of their dental health. Guardian has committed $1 million to provide quality dental care to children in underserved communities across the US. Guardian is a lead sponsor of Children's Health Fund's dental program and the donation will fund screenings, clinics, and mobile dental services for children in communities including New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, and Idaho, over the next two years.

Children's Health Fund recently published a review of literature which found that the effects of poor oral hygiene have a negative impact on a child's education leading to increased school absence and lower standardized test scores. Guardian and Children's Health Fund aim to bolster academic performance and quality of life for students throughout the U.S. by providing necessary dental resources and academic programming to teach lifelong oral hygiene habits.

"Guardian believes that children, regardless of geography or income, should have access to dental services that foster good oral health. … we have a responsibility to help ensure that all children understand the importance of oral hygiene and have access to dental care," said Marc Costantini, executive vice president of commercial and government markets at Guardian.

Dennis Walto, chief executive officer of Children's Health Fund, added, "Guardian's support allows us to reach children across the country with comprehensive health services and develop engaging programming that will help teach children and their families about good oral hygiene and the importance of dental health in a fun and integrated way."

The two organizations are introducing the Guardians of the Smile program that stresses the importance of oral health in the context of a comprehensive and enhanced medical home for children with regular check-ups and timely specialist care when needed.

For more information about the partnership or Guardians of the Smile, please visit: www.guardiansofthesmile.com.

Children’s Health Fund was founded in 1987 by Dr. Irwin Redlener, singer/song-writer Paul Simon, and program designer Karen Redlener. Over the past 30 years, CHF has provided more than 4.1 million health-care encounters, often in places where doctors and health-care providers are in short supply.

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