May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Celebrating Five Years of Dental Home Day

May 2017 Volume LII Number 3

Bringing Smiles to Children during AAPD Annual Session for Five Years

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Dental Home Day!

It all began during the first annual Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Dental Home Day held on May 22, 2013, at the Orange Blossom Fam- ily Health Center in Orlando. Sunstar Americas, Inc., has sponsored Dental Home Day since the beginning. Forty AAPD members and volun- teers from across the country helped provide free dental care to 91 homeless children during Dental Home Day. Orange Blossom received a total of $45,000 in grants to help provide Dental Homes to participating patients for the next 12 months.

Volunteers and residents brought smiles to more underserved children and parents during our second Dental Home Day, held on May 21, 2014, at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. We had 60 volunteers and helped provide free dental care to 71 children that day. Tufts received a grant of $30,000 to provide ongoing care to participating children for the next year.

Dental Home Day has always been more than a day of ser- vice, it’s a year of comprehensive care where patients receive on- going treatment through HSHC Access to Care grants. The third Dental Home Day was held on May 20, 2015, at the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle. With the support of 60 volunteers, we helped provide free dental care to 152 children. HSHC awarded the University of Washing- ton a $20,000 Access to Care Grant to continue to provide care to Dental Home Day children.

The fourth Dental Home Day was our most successful to date. On May 25, 2016, our event was held at both the Uni- versity of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCA) and the Ricardo Salinas Pediatric Dental Clinic. We were able to help 203 San Antonio children find Dental Homes. University of Texas Health Science Center received a $25,000 Access to Care Grant to continue to provide care to Dental Home Day children.

Dental Homes are key to improving the overall health and oral care for children.

Our fifth Dental Home Day during AAPD 2017 will be held on May 24, at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. For the first time, we will be offering dental care during Dental Home Day for children requiring specialty care.

Our past success is due to our many supporters and our con- tinued success is contingent on future giving. Without our donors and volunteers, we are unable to provide Access to Care grants and Dental Homes to children in need.

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