Trident, Smiles Across America team up to provide oral health care to youth in need

Nov. 24, 2009
Contribution of $1.5 million helps connect the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry to the Smiles Across America family.

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey--The HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry is the newest health provider to receive funding from Smiles Across America, the program of Oral Health America that supports dental services to thousands of children in underserved communities nationwide.

As a result of the $1.5 million contribution announced in 2008, Trident gum will more than double the number of children who currently receive oral health services and education through their partnership with SAA and its care provider network in the next three years.

The HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry will join the SAA family of clinics and should double the number of tooth sealants provided to underserved children in the Dallas area.

Dr. Jones, professor and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry will join Trident, SAA and the children of Bonham Elementary School to bring attention to the importance of oral health care for children living in Dallas and nationwide.

Trident's financial commitment is crucial to Oral Health America's expansion of services to dental programs in need of SAA-funding such as the HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry.

"We are very pleased to welcome the HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry to our family of care providers," said Beth Truett, president and CEO of Oral Health America. "Through our combined efforts, we can raise public awareness about the importance of oral health and hygiene and proactively provide education and services to those who lack access to routine dental care."

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America, affecting almost 50 percent of second graders and almost 80 percent of 17-year-olds. Untreated tooth decay and disease can affect a child's health, well-being, growth and achievement.

Each year, more than 51 million school hours are lost as a result of problems related to tooth decay. Trident's contributions help SAA link local governments, businesses and supporters with care providers and schools to help fight untreated oral disease in children.

"Trident gum has long been a pioneer in providing oral health benefits to consumers. Trident was the first gum brand of its kind to undergo extensive clinical testing with studies showing that people who chewed Trident experienced significantly fewer cavities," said Lesya Lysyj, executive vice president, marketing, Cadbury North America. "By supporting Smiles Across America, we continue to raise awareness about the importance of access to pediatric dental care in the U.S."

Thanks to contributions from supporters, like Trident, SAA provides its network with the funding and technical assistance in the areas of communication and coalition building that enables them to reach more underserved and uninsured children and address barriers to care lack of resources and transportation, low literacy and language diversity.

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