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IUSD Awarded SurgiTel Grant from National Children's Oral Health Foundation, America's Toothfairy

Oct. 9, 2012

Charlotte, October 9, 2012With generous funding from SurgiTel, a leader in surgical loupe and headlight technology, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy® (NCOHF) has awarded a grant to the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry Department (IUSD). Totaling $10,000, this grant will support the efforts of IUSD to provide comprehensive oral health services and education to thousands of children in need.

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“This wonderful donation from SurgiTel means that we can provide comprehensive dental care and oral health education for many more children who have no dental insurance and are living in families with low incomes,” said Joan Kowolik, BDS, LDS, RSC, IU’s director of predoctoral pediatric dentistry. “We greatly appreciate NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy for making this donation available to us and all the foundation has done for us and our patients. As we continue to work together we will strive to improve the oral health of the children of Indiana. ”

“SurgiTel is proud to support the NCOHF Affiliate Network and their tireless dedication to ensuring that at-risk children receive vital oral health services,” said B. J. Chang, PhD, SurgiTel President and CEO. “As an annual supporter of NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy since 2006, we are committed to the cause and this great organization helping children in need.”

Named the NCOHF Affiliate of the Year in early 2012, IUSD actively participates in NCOHF programs such as Tomorrow’s SMILES®, Students United for America’s ToothFairy® and Trick or Treat for America’s ToothFairy to reach more at-risk youth with critical oral health services.

“The generous contribution from SurgiTel has made it possible for NCOHF to recognize and support the noble efforts of the faculty and students of Indiana University School of Dentistry,” remarked Fern Ingber, NCOHF President and CEO. “We applaud their commitment to improve oral health for children in their community.”

National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, known as America’s ToothFairy, was formed in 2006 in an aggressive response to eliminate pediatric dental disease by providing community programs with the comprehensive resources to deliver vital educational, preventive, and treatment services to children of the most vulnerable populations. Supporting the delivery of oral health education and care beginning at the prenatal level, NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy has reached millions of children through its national non-profit clinical network and volunteer professional and student community service programs.