2017 Smile Drive Collects 300,000 Oral Care Products for Children


We concluded our fourth annual Smile Drive with more than 300,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other oral care products distributed to underserved children! Thank you to everyone who held a Smile Drive for children in your community and to SmileMakers, Patterson Dental, Procter & Gamble, and Dr. Fresh for making generous large product donations to support our 2017 Smile Drive.

More than 80,000 of the products were collected through Smile Drive Charlotte, an effort for children right here in our hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. We are so grateful to everyone who participated and helped us deliver oral care products to all the Title I schools in Mecklenburg County as well as an array of local organizations serving children in foster care, homeless shelters, and after-school programs.

We proudly recognize our 2017 Smile Drive Award Winners:

  • O’Gorman-Greater Sioux Falls HOSA: Future Health Professionals Chapter has won three straight years for Most Product Collected, this year with 33,083 products!
  • Glen Creek Dental received the award for Most Product Collected by a Dental Practice with 21,500 products!
  • Kristina Hyatt, RDH, was awarded Best Social Media Presence.
  • Culture and Heritage Museums of York County won for Best Smile Drive Photo. See photo at right!

Thank you to all of our Smile Drive participants for getting involved in meeting the needs of your community and ensuring children have access to basic dental hygiene products. Please make plans to Smile Drive with us again in 2018 or throughout the year!