America’s ToothFairy and the Salvation Army’s National Headquarters Launch Joint Oral Health Initiative for Underserved Children


Salvation_Army_signing_-_Fern_Ingber_and_David_JeffreyCharlotte, NC, February 10, 2016) – America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation® and The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters announced a new collaborative initiative to address the issue of pediatric dental disease. Joining efforts to maximize resources and impact on the health of underserved children, this partnership will focus on rescuing children from potentially debilitating, yet preventable, tooth decay through oral health education, awareness building, and expanding access to preventive services and treatment.

The Salvation Army will also participate in the America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive – a national campaign held throughout February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, to collect toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral care products for underserved children.

“The Salvation Army is committed to addressing the most basic human needs, of which health is one of the most important,” said David Jeffrey, National Commander of The Salvation Army USA. “We look forward to collaborating with America’s ToothFairy to raise awareness of the devastating impact of pediatric dental disease and to ensure the children and families we serve have access to quality, affordable oral health resources and services.”

“We are very proud to partner with The Salvation Army, recognizing their vital contributions to the health and wellness of families across our nation,” said Fern Ingber, America’s ToothFairy President and CEO. “We can think of no better partner in our effort to serve children and families in need.”

Pediatric dental disease is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting children in the U.S. More than 40 percent of U.S. children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, and 1 in 5 go without dental care. Left untreated, severe tooth decay can lead to malnourishment, anemia, life-­‐‑threatening secondary infections and even death.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The

Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.