Hygienists urged to participate in tooth fairy campaign

Oct. 1, 2008
National Children's Oral Health Foundation program aimed to help eliminate pediatric dental disease.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina--The National Children's Oral Health Foundation and the American Dental Hygienists' Association urge dental hygienists to participate in the Dental Hygienist Toothfairy Campaign.

Aimed to help eliminate pediatric dental disease, the national program invites hygienists to "earn your wings" and with a minimum contribution of $25. They can also enter a raffle to win up to 12 pair of Sybron Orascoptic Loupes, (valued at $1,425 each).

"NCOHF and ADHA are moving aggressively to raise awareness of the widespread nature of pediatric dental disease and most importantly, provide practical solutions, said Margaret Lappan Green, RDH, MS, past president of the ADHA, and founding chair, Dental Hygienist Toothfairy Campaign.

"I hope all dental hygienists and students enthusiastically support the Dental Hygienist Toothfairy Campaign, a fabulous initiative that will bring health and well being to millions of our nation's at-risk children," Green added.

Pediatric dental disease is the No. 1 chronic illness among this nation's children and is preventable. The potential health-related, societal and economic side effects are alarming. The U.S. Surgeon General calls pediatric dental disease a "silent epidemic" because most Americans have no idea that it is so widespread.

"As most hygienists know, millions of children experience sleepless nights, have trouble eating, and are unable to concentrate and learn in school due to mouth pain," said Fern K. Ingber, NCOHF president and CEO. "We are so grateful to the ADHA for helping to mobilize hygienists who are on the frontline of defense where care begins."

For more information, call (704) 350-1600 or visit Dental Hygienist Toothfairy Campaign or American Dental Hygienists' Association.

To read more about the National Children's Oral Health Foundation, go to National Children's Oral Health Foundation.

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