IFDH has formed a partnership with America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF), a nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to provide an aggressive collaborative response to eliminate children's preventable suffering from pediatric dental disease.
We are working together to promote positive oral health behaviors among children and their families and increase public awareness of oral disease prevention. There are two great ways for you to get involved!
Smile Drive in the U.S.
Save young smiles and collect oral care products for at-risk children in your community by joining the Smile Drive. Taking place throughout February, National Children's Dental Health Month, the Smile Drive is a national campaign to raise oral health awareness and collect toothbrushes and toothpaste for at-risk children.
Participation is easy!
Participating practices will be recognized in the National Smile Drive Directory and a prize will be awarded to the dental hygienist who collects the most oral care products. A comprehensive toolkit provides everything you need - downloadable flyers, donation box labels, web badge, press releases and more - to hold a successful Smile Drive (see below).
Esther Wilkins Education Program
Founded with a generous gift from Dr. Esther Wilkins, renowned dentist and dental hygienist, the Esther Wilkins Education Program builds on the role of dental hygienists and dental hygiene students as prevention specialists by providing educational assets for community outreach activities. Members, both individuals and entire dental hygiene programs, improve oral health literacy through outreach activities in their local communities and mission trips around the world. Esther Wilkins Education Program volunteers have reached thousands of children across the U.S., Canada and internationally.
Get your Education Kit!
Volunteers receive the ToothFairy 101™ Community Education Kit for their outreach activities. This kit is a hit with children and includes a magnetic display board, oversize toothbrush, and magnetic stickers that help children learn which foods stick to teeth. This a comprehensive tool for improving oral health literacy covering not only nutrition, but also germ transmission and prevention, mouth safety, tobacco, and infant care, as well as basic preventive strategies appropriate for children of all ages and learning levels. In return for the kit, members of the program agree to conduct a minimum of four community educational activities annually.
Learn more about the program. (Kits can only be mailed to volunteers in the U.S. and Canada).
Questions about participation in the Smile Drive or the Esther Wilkins Education Program? Contact NCOHF at (800) 559-9838 or visit our website at www.ncohf.org.