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Tomorrow's Smiles
Tomorrow's Smiles
More than 51 million school hours are missed each year from dental disease.  While the are in school, many suffering teens are distracted by pain and embarrassment, causing them to perform poorly and/or disrupt others.  Every day, more than 1,200 adolescents abandon their high school education and, in many cases, give up on themselves.  This equates to nearly 30 percent of U.S. students (about 1.1 million) dropping out of school  each year.  A healthy smile positively affects the ability of students to communicate confidently with peers, teachers and potential employers.
National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s Toothfairy® (NCOHF) has a program called Tomorrow’s SMILES to assist teens that need dental care.  The Tomorrow’s SMILES program restores self--‐esteem and encourages teens to take responsibility for their oral health and well--‐being.  Dentists are giving their time and services to provide pro bono dental treatment and we are asking them to encourage dental providers required to complete treatment to join in their philanthropic efforts.  If you know a promising teen who’s future is at‐risk due to lack of dental treatment, they may qualify for this program.  
As we help teens feel confident about their smiles, we are helping them achieve fulfilling careers and, therefore, become citizens that are more responsible.  In this economically challenging time, children are being deprived of dental treatment that they desperately need.  Thank you for helping this next generation of so many truly deserving and talented young men and women have chances for bright smiles and bright futures through this  national effort.
If you would like more information or have a student that you would like to refer please contact Tina Varney, RN at 517/826-7114.