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Tom’s of Maine awards funding to nonprofit clinics

April 18, 2012

By Stacie Cozier, ADA News staff

Kennebunk, Maine—Tom’s of Maine announced the recipients of its 2012 Dental Health For All funding on April 5. The nonprofit clinics each received $20,000 to help increase access to oral health care. Clinics include:

• Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Clarksdale, Miss., will use the funding to expand access to dental services through school-based clinics and a new mobile medical clinic. The center will also be able to offer X-ray services and restorative care on-site in addition to oral exams and preventive therapy currently available.

• Ben Archer Health Center, Hatch, N. M., plans to use the funding to purchase a digital panoramic X-ray machine to increase its range of services and the number of patients it serves.

• Christ Health Center, Birmingham, Ala., says the funding will enable the center to purchase equipment and hire a patient care coordinator to immediately increase the number of patients it serves each day, reduce the administrative burden on its clinical providers and enhance service to existing and future patients.

• HealthPoint Family Care, Covington, Ky., plans to purchase portable dental equipment that will allow its dentists and hygienists to provide examinations and treatments on-site at low-income schools in Northern Kentucky.

• Kids Smiles, Inc., Washington, D.C., will use the funding to expand community outreach prevention, screening and dental restoration services to children in underserved areas of Washington, D.C., and purchase an additional portable dental chair and clinical equipment (including a mobile delivery system, dental instruments and x-ray materials) that the organization will take to schools, doubling the number of children served in its prevention outreach efforts.

“This year, we saw nearly double the amount of applications from clinics, which tells us that the need for access to oral care is growing,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom's of Maine. “These clinics are life-changing for children and adults alike who rely on them for basic and often urgent oral care. We find the work of the clinic staff inspiring and truly making a difference in the quality of the lives they touch. We hope our funding helps to reach more people and to keep these vital dental clinics active in the community.”

The Dental Health For All program has helped make 200,000 patient visits possible with $1 million in funding to more than 30 school and community-based dental clinics nationwide.

This year Tom’s of Maine directed its Dental Health for All program funding to states with the highest percentage of their population living under the poverty level, per 2012 U.S. Census data.

For more information, visit tomsofmaine.com.