More than $100,000 in grants to combat childhood dental diseases was awarded in July through the American Dental Association Foundation.
Funded since 1999 by the Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health, the $5,000 grants are bestowed on nonprofits or agencies that teach parents and caregivers to reduce the incidence of dental caries, or cavities, in children.
The total amount awarded was $119,931.
Two recipients this year were Phoenix Native Health and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Health Teeth Healthy Children program. The money will go toward assembling and distributing oral health care bags and kits, each containing toothbrushes, toothpaste and educational materials.
Details about the Native American Community Health Center are available on www.nativehealthphoenix.org. The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics offers details on its website, www.healthyteethhealthychildren.org. Grant information may be obtained by contacting the ADA Foundation at 312-440-2547 or visiting www.adaf.org.