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.