Oral Health America's children & youth program supports preventive oral healthcare in school-based or school-linked settings.
Smiles Across America (SAA), first established in 2004, addresses the most common preventable health epidemic our children face: tooth decay. OHA supports school-based & school-linked sealant programs nationwide to provide preventive oral health services and education to children who may not have access to regular care.
Our Efforts Include:
- Product Donation Project - We facilitate the distribution of more than 500,000 units of donated dental products each year, from sealant and fluoride varnish to toothbrushes and toothpaste.
- Webinars & Tech Assistance - OHA works with experts in the field to host informational webinars about innovative topics and issues to help partners expand their programs.
- Grant Funding - Our grants help fund programs that provide preventive oral health services in school-based or school-linked settings, allowing more children to receive care every year.
Why School-Based or School-Linked?
Schools are considered an ideal place to reach children and can play a pivotal role in impacting overall health. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain that leads to difficulty eating, sleeping, and concentrating on school. Furthermore, school-based sealant programs are considered an evidence-based, public health best practice for preventing tooth decay in children, especially those at high risk.
How Do Dental Sealants Prevent Tooth Decay?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of back tooth to protect them against tooth decay. School-based sealant programs have been associated with reducing the incidence of tooth decay by 40-60%.
During the 2015-16 school year, OHA reached more than 380,000 children across 47 states and 1 U.S. territory. Our product donation project helped seal more than two million teeth for 500,000 children between 2011 and 2015--five years ahead of schedule! Additionally, OHA has donated over $3.5 million in grant funding since the inception of Smiles Across America.
We look forward to supporting healthy smiles for every kid in the years to come.
Get Involved with Smiles Across America
Donate Dental Product to OHA
Are you a corporation that wishes to support our SAA program with donated dental products? Contact:
Questions? Contact us at [email protected]
Thank you to our generous Smiles Across America funders:
And huge thanks to our Smiles Across America product donors: