Smile Program promotes good oral hygiene with toothbrush-toothpaste grants

WEST ALLIS, WIS., Aug. 21, 2013 – Three charitable events in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Oshkosh recently received 1,728 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste through the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Smile Program to help put underprivileged children, adults and seniors on the track toward good dental health. The program focuses on oral health intervention with early care, educational information and support of positive behavior.

Convoy of Hope staged a one-day event at Kenosha’s Brass Community School in late July. More than 4,200 children and adults took advantage of free haircuts, clothing, shoes and groceries. Medical and dental services were also provided with 504 toothbrush and toothpaste sets distributed to patients.

Macedonia Baptist Church, located on Milwaukee’s northwest side, distributed 72 toothbrushes to children attending its annual “Back to School Fair” in mid-August.

Oshkosh Area United Way also celebrated its 15th Community Back to School Fair this month. The United Way distributed new school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene products — including 1,152 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste — to students from low-income families referred by partner agencies.

Smile Program applications are accepted by the WDA Foundation throughout the year until its supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste is exhausted.

 ”Ideally, we hope to keep the individual awards to no more than 1,000 toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes annually. This will help us grant supplies to as many worthy groups as possible,” WDA Foundation President Dr. Anthony Sciascia of Mondovi explains.

Requests for these oral hygiene supplies must be submitted via email at least six weeks in advance of the date they are needed. Visit WDA.org for complete application details.