1 million brushes in 10 years
Did you know more than half of North Dakota rural, low-income and Native American third graders do not have their own toothbrush? It’s a staggering figure as many children across the state have limited access to proper dental care. Since 2017, the North Dakota Dental Foundation has distributed more than 46,000 toothbrushes and thousands of dental kits to save the smiles of children-in-need. When we help children develop routine brushing habits between dental visits, their overall oral health is significantly impacted. Together we can ensure an entire generation of North Dakota children-in-need have the oral health supplies they need. Together we will create #CavityFreeND by providing 1 million toothbrushes in 10 years. Please consider joining the cause!
North Dakota Head Start
"The ND Dental Foundation provided 10,500 toothbrushes free of charge to the 14 Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. This will ensure each child receives a new toothbrush at least every three months. The ND Head Start and Early Head Start Programs are very grateful for this support! Thank you, ND Dental Foundation!"
- Dawn Williams, Former ND Head Start Association Executive Director
Four Winds High School
"I would like to take the time to thank NDDF for donating toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss to our students. When I handed them out to the kids it was great to see the joy on their faces. Some kids even have said that they are so happy to have their own since they share a toothbrush at home with all five kids! Can you imagine? It also makes you step back and appreciate the things that some of us take for granted."
- Janet Dion, Four Winds High School Social Studies/Trans 9 Instructor
Great Plains Food Bank
"Each year, the Great Plains Food Bank provides needed food assistance to more than 36,000 children, which equates to 37 percent of the more than 97,000 individuals served across the state of North Dakota and western Minnesota. Children will always be a top priority for us here, and we recognize the importance of dental care for the overall well-being of children. Kids don’t choose their circumstances and thanks to incredible commitment and partnership with the North Dakota Dental Foundation, we are proud to be able to provide dental resources to children across the state."
- Nancy Carriveau, Great Plains Food Bank Program Director
With a mission to create #CavityFreeND, donors, just like you, help this program supply education-based childcare centers, schools, and organizations with dental kits, including toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, and oral health education, so more children have the opportunity to make a significant impact on their oral health.
Consider making a donation to help children protect their smile and their health.
As many children and their families cannot afford dental care, with your support, we can continue to provide free resources for children-in-need across North Dakota. How? In partnership with the Great Plains Food Bank backpack program, volunteers pack and distribute thousands of toothbrushes and toothbrush kids to help children build positive brushing habits at home.
With a mission to create #CavityFreeND, we are always looking for partners to expand our reach. Whether it is global suppliers reducing expenses up the supply chain, local dental businesses conducting Smile Drives to collect unused toothbrush supplies, or nonprofit organizations distributing supplies across North Dakota, we are grateful for current and future partners.