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Dental health care and dental hygiene are regularly cited as significant health concerns, particularly when regarding children. To help address these issues, Plackers, a prominent manufacturer of dental care products, and the non-profit advocacy organization Oral Health America (OHA) are teaming up to improve the state of dental care for children, particularly those living under impoverished circumstances.
The two organizations had previously formed a partnership in 2010 with similar intentions, and aim to improve upon the notable success of that first venture this time around.
One of the new features of this renewed collaboration will be the sponsorship of Smiles Across America (SAA) Innovation Grants, facilitated by OHA. These fellowships award funds to SAA-connected dental practices and facilities, in recognition of notable and unique efforts to aid in treating children with serious oral health issues.
Plackers plans to donate over 100,000 floss containers to OHA-affiliated programs and dental practices.
Beth Truett, president and CEO of OHA, extolled the benefits of the Plackers partnership.
"We are grateful for their continued support in helping us reach out to underserved communities and school oral health programs," Truett said.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, children in families with higher incomes are significantly more likely to have visited a dentist within the last year.
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