Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tom's Of Maine Gives Dental Grants

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom's of Maine, the nation's leading maker of natural personal care products, marks the fourth year of its Dental Health for All program by awarding $120,000 in grants to community dental health programs in six states across the country. The total grant support for dental clinics since 2004 is now more than $670,000 and has helped more than 15,000 children and adults gain access to dental care.

According to their release, the Dental Health for All program was started in 2004 in response to the Surgeon General's report on oral health. The study found that over 120 million Americans have no dental insurance.

Many wait over 12 months for an appointment at a public dental clinic, and at those clinics, it is not unusual to see three-year-olds needing multiple root canals, extractions, and stainless steel crowns. In addition, many millions more have trouble obtaining the dental care they need because they can't afford it or because they live in underserved areas where dentists are scarce or nonexistent.

Since its inception, the program has made a significant impact — retailers and consumers across the country have joined Tom's in making over $670,000 worth of donations to dental clinics nationwide, helping tens of thousands of people in need receive quality, affordable dental care.

The benefactors of eight $15,000 grants include: UCSD Student Run Free Dental Clinic (San Diego), Inner City Health Center(Denver), Apple Tree Dental (Minneapolis ), Pediatric Clinic (Portland), Comprehensive Community Action (Cranston), Vermont Dental Care Programs (Winooski), and Georgetown Dental Clinic (Seattle).

Founded in Kennebunk, Maine, by Tom and Kate Chappell in 1970, Tom's of Maine creates effective personal care products using simple, natural ingredients derived from plants and minerals.

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