What We Do
Did you know pediatric dental disease, also known as tooth decay, is one of the leading chronic childhood disease in the US? Untreated tooth decay can lead to a wide variety of health consequences for children including severe pain, life-threatening infections, malnutrition, poor sleep and in some extreme cases the loss of a young life. While the public health information we hear daily focuses on major public health issues and diseases, children's dental health and wellness largely goes ignored. Because of this, America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) was founded in 2006 to increase access to oral health care by supporting non-profit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children. NCOHF is proud to call Charlotte home, and we invite you to participate in Smile Drive Charlotte (#SmileDriveCLT)! Smile Drive Charlotte is a fun way to collect oral care products for children who need them in your community, raise funds to support dental care for underserved children, educate local families about oral health AND change the way people think about this health crisis. We’ll provide all the tools you’ll need for your Smile Drive, but you’ll be in the driver’s seat! Change the life of a child who is unable to eat or sleep due to pain or a teen who is bullied because of their broken smile by giving them the basic tools to prevent tooth decay, its devastating consequences and ensure underserved youth receive dental care!
NCOHF hosted its first Smile Drive Charlotte in 2017 bringing over 82,000 dental products to children in Mecklenburg County.
NCOHF has donated $18 million in dental products, equipment, educational materials, and financial grants to clinics and organizations serving children in need.
Eradicate tooth decay and ensure all children have oral health care and healthy smiles!
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