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Alliance charity programs reach out to residents in New Orleans

October 21, 2013

The Alliance of the American Dental Association will launch a new program in conjunction with its 2013 convention and the ADA Annual Session to help expectant moms and babies learn the hows and whys of good oral health.

Healthy Smiles from the Start will launch Nov. 4 at the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry. The Alliance is working with the ADA and Henry Schein Cares to create the program.

Alliance members will be able to request the Healthy Smiles from the Start materials to distribute locally to hospitals and community health centers with established prenatal education classes. The materials will include educational brochures and a DVD for the educator to use. Alliance members have set a goal to have Healthy Smiles from the Start materials in at least three prenatal classes per state within the first year, and increasing that to 10 per state by the end of 2016.

The Alliance will also donate 3,000 oral health kits for clients of the New Orleans Metropolitan Center for Women and Children for its second national Head-to-Toe project.

With support from the dental community and volunteers from around the country the Alliance received many donations in advance. As of Aug. 28, contributors had already sent 3,433 toothbrushes, 1,908 flosses, 2,110 tubes of toothpaste and countless other items for the program.

“Promoting a project in which we give to our communities, in this case our host city, is what distinguishes the Alliance and its long history,” said Johanna Manasse, co-creator of the H2T project.

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