(Charlotte, NC, March 15, 2016) – Charlotte based charity, America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation® celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2016. The organization was founded in 2006 to provide an aggressive, collaborative response to the #1 chronic childhood illness in the U.S. – pediatric dental disease (severe tooth decay).
The occasion was celebrated at an industry reception at the 2016 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting in February. During the reception, America’s ToothFairy honored leaders who had made significant contributions to the growth of the organization over the past ten years. Honorees included Dr. Cherilyn Sheets of Sheets, the founding Board Chair of America’s ToothFairy. Dr. Sheets and The Children’s Dental Center she established in her childhood home for underserved children was the inspiration for the formation of the organization.
Other honorees included Dan Even, former President, Sybron Dental Specialties, 2008 2009 Board Chair; Thomas Engels, Retired Vice President and General Manager of 3M ESPE, current Audit Chair; Chris Clark, President and CFO, Dentsply International, 2010 2012 Board Chair; Thomas Prescott, retired President and CEO of Align Technology, 2013 2014 Board Chair; and Henk van Duijnhoven, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group, 2015 2016 Board Chair.
Each honoree was recognized for his or her contributions to the organization including the distribution of more than $17 million in community based programs, educational materials, oral care products, and financial grants to a national network of affiliate clinical partners and community programs. More than 2.2 million children and caregivers were reached through America’s ToothFairy programs last year.
Over its ten years of service, America’s ToothFairy has built collaborative partnerships with an array of organizations outside the dental industry to raise broader awareness of the importance of oral health as a serious public health problem and reach large populations of underserved children and families. These partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of America, USDA, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Special Olympics, United States Army Reserve, HOSA: Future Health Professionals, The Salvation Army, National Association of School Nurses and many others.
“We are deeply grateful to the many outstanding leaders, generous companies, concerned professionals, passionate students, committed organizations and caring volunteers who have played a role in making America’s ToothFairy what it is today,” said Fern Ingber, Founding President and CEO of America’s ToothFairy. “Together we have expanded delivery of vital oral health education and services to millions of children and helped raise the conversation on oral health nationwide. I hope that in the years ahead we will continue to strengthen a national, and eventually global, movement to prevent and, in the longer term, eliminate children’s suffering from this disease.”