(JOHNSTON) The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation has donated 106,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the I-Smile Program, which helps connect Iowa children in need with dental care and services.
Crawford County Home Health, Hospice and Public Health will receive a portion of the donation for children in Cass County.
According to the Surgeon General’s Oral Health in America Report, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Don Hutchins, President of the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation said this donation is a small step to ensure that every child in Iowa has their very own toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
I-Smile was created by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Human Services, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics and the Iowa Dental Association. In 2012, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation committed to a new, ambitious strategic direction that focuses on improving the oral health of Iowa’s children and seniors. As part of its strategic focus, the Foundation will direct funding primarily to programs and investments that help support two new visionary oral health 2020 goals, which include:
Every Iowa child age 0-12, living in a household with an income below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, will be cavity-free.
Every Iowa nursing home resident and homebound elderly person will have access to oral health care.