Reported the Dental Tribune on November 30:
NEW YORK CITY: When it comes to helping those most in need, some companies have their heart in the right place. That was apparent during the Greater New York Dental Meeting, when DENTSPLY International helped kick off Oral Health America’s ‘Seal Two Million Campaign,’ which aims to seal 2 million teeth for more than half a million at-risk children by 2020.
DENTSPLY is a 55-year supporter of Oral Health America, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to oral health care, education and advocacy.
“DENTSPLY International is a proud supporter of Oral Health America’s programs and is honored to help raise awareness among the dental industry and profession of the ‘Seal Two Million Campaign,’” said Dr. Linda Niessen, chief clinical officer of DENTSPLY International. “We know that a gift to Oral Health America, whether it’s funding or donated dental product, is truly making a difference keeping children and adults healthy, in school and at work.”
This year, Oral Health America reached its previous goal, a commitment made to America’s Promise Alliance in 2000, to provide 1 million dental sealants for over 225,000 children by 2010.
“The Seal Two Million Campaign reflects our intention to expand the impact of our programs, and it represents our commitment to ensuring that all children and families get the dental care they need,” said Beth Truett, president and CEO of Oral Health America.
In addition to DENTSPLY, many other companies, including 3M ESPE, Pulpdent Corp., Harry J. Bosworth Co., and Ivoclar Vivadent, have donated over 1 million dental sealants.
by Fred Michmershuizen, DTA