WEST ALLIS, WIS., Dec. 5, 2012 – More than 1,200 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste have been awarded to the Sauk County Public Health Department and the Milwaukee Science Education Consortium under the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s new Smile Program initiative.
The goal is to help put people on the track toward good dental health by providing toothbrushes and toothpaste to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations that serve underprivileged children, adults and seniors. The focus is on intervention with early care, educational information and support of positive behavior.
Sauk County Public Health Department received 1,008 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste for distribution through its school-based Seal-A-Smile sealant and fluoride varnish program. Fifty percent of Sauk County residents do not have access to fluoridated water. In addition, 35 percent of children in this southwest county qualify for free or reduced school lunch.
Froedtert Hospital’s Milwaukee Science Education Consortium outreach was awarded 288 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to be distributed to students by the school nurse. This effort provides free health care services and instruction in healthy lifestyles and choices. More than 85 percent of these inner-city students receive free or reduced school lunch.
These are the WDA Foundation’s first Smile Program grants of personal oral hygiene tools. Grants are awarded semi-annually with applications due by 4:30 p.m. on April 1 (spring cycle) and Oct. 1 (fall cycle). Visit the WDA Foundation section on WDA.org for more information and a Smile Program grant application.
Generous support is provided by the Marquette University School of Dentistry Alumni Association.
Good daily oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet), preventive therapies like fluoride and sealants, regular exams by a dentist and early restorative treatment are critical to controlling dental disease and reducing an individual’s need for advanced and costly procedures.