Our History


In 2000, the Surgeon General issued a national call to action to address the “silent epidemic” of dental disease. Today, pediatric dental disease (severe tooth decay) remains the most prevalent chronic disease affecting children in America.

America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) was established in 2006 as a collaborative effort of clinicians, academicians, corporate leaders and caring individuals to address the children’s oral health crisis. Internationally recognized clinician, Cherilyn Sheets, DDS is the founding  Board Chair of NCOHF. She also founded a non-profit prototype dental center that provides multidisciplinary care to children of the working poor. Fern Ingber developed the organization’s initial strategic plan and served as its President & CEO from 2006 to 2016.

Today,  America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral  Health Foundation (NCOHF) continues its commitment to improving children’s oral health outcomes by serving as a resource provider to individuals and organizations facilitating oral health prevention and education services, as well as those providing dental treatment, especially to children in underserved populations. Millions of children are without access to dental services and face ongoing health consequences as a result, including untreated tooth decay and other, more intensive dental needs. NCOHF seeks to close the gap by providing resources to nonprofit clinics and organizations who are increasing oral health literacy and access to dental care.

Since its inception, NCOHF has provided more than $17 million in donated dental products and equipment, educational materials and financial grants to nonprofit dental clinics, as well as countless opportunities for oral health education and engagement.

Support from generous Corporate Underwriters provides operational and basic program expenses, allowing 100% of all additional contributions to go directly to services for children.

Dr. Cherilyn SheetsFern Ingber
Cherilyn Sheets, DDS
Founding Board Chair
Fern Ingber
President Emeritus