Ensuring all children have a Dental Home

Our Impact



received Dental Homes thanks to our grantees and supporters


in grants awarded

since 2010

Our Mission Dental Homes for all children

AAPD Foundation supports community-based initiatives providing Dental Homes to children from families who cannot afford dental care. AAPD Foundation is the nation’s largest pediatric dentist-led foundation dedicated to child oral health

Our Grantees We award grants each year to organizations that help them make an impact on child oral care.

Our Donors We could not accomplish our goals without the support of our donors. Thank You!

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Did you know that smiling is actually good for you? Studies have shown that showing off those pearly whites or letting out a good laugh releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural “feel-good” chemical. These endorphins make us feel happy and can increase positive thoughts! Give it a go and see how you feel. Happy smiling! #healthykids #kidsteeth #Toddlehood  #Parenthood #Babyteeth #Kidsmiles
The Board has approved $2 million this year in grant commitments to organizations to help provide Dental Homes to more children whose families are unable to afford dental care. This is the largest commitment in The Foundation history! #donations #AAPDFoundation
A couple of months ago, an 11-year-old girl came to our Dental Clinic for a routine preventive examination. During the exam, X-rays were taken and the dentist identified a very complicated situation with an impacted canine tooth in the girls mouth (that is destroying the roots of the anterior teeth) which would ultimately lead to the loss of these permanent teeth. Immediately,  the young girl was referred to our oral surgeon who saw and evaluated her here at Caridad  Center and recommended a more specialized diagnostic X-ray, not available in our clinic. The dentist transferred this case to his private office where they performed the X-ray free of charge because she is a Caridad Center patient. Additionally, the dentist was able to get her a free consultation with a colleague (and Orthodontist) who will provide the patient with the orthodontic treatment needed to save her permanent teeth. The family is very happy with the care we were able to provide and the additional care we were able to link her to. What was thought  to be a routine dental check-up ultimately saved this little girls teeth and will give her a healthy  and beautiful smile. - Laura Kallus, Chief Executive Officer, AAPD Foundation Grantee Caridad Center, Boynton Beach, FL
Summer is here! Bring on some fun in the sun - but don’t forget about your teeth! Dental hygiene is just as important when school’s out as it is when we’ve got homework. Keep up with your brushing routine so you can get back to the party!#summertime #summer2021#summer2021 #summerschool #schoolsout
This Dental Smiles Month, let’s get back to basics! 
Remember to brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. 
2 and 2 - pretty simple, right?
Happy brushing!

#healthykids #kidsteeth #Toddlerhood
June is Dental Smiles Month! Share a smile with your friends today.  #DentalSmilesMonth #dentistforkids #Kidsmile
Has your child experienced tooth decay? Tooth decay, also known as caries or cavities is caused by permanent damage to the outside of teeth in the form of tiny holes or openings and not having an oral hygiene routine. To prevent this from happening, develop healthy brushing, flossing habits and visit your childs Dental Home for regular checkups.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#AAPDFoundation #BigLoveForLittleTeeth #healthykids #kidsdentist #instadentist #dentalstudent #dentistlife #healthyteeth
We all have a favorite dental professor, teacher, or mentor. Who had an impact on your life? Tag us in a picture of you and your favorite dental teacher. #AAPDFoundation #BigLoveForLittleTeeth  #dentalstudent
Establish a #DentalHome as soon as your child turns one. Having healthy dental habits such as routine visits and a good oral hygiene routine will prevent your child from losing school hours due to dental issues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#AAPDFoundation #BigLoveForLittleTeeth #parentingtips #toddlerfun #mommyhood
We are excited to announce that plans for AAPD 2021 have been moved to an entirely all virtual-format, get ready to join AAPD Foundation in The Hub! Join us for our annual session virtual booth on demand May 27-29. Register by visiting annual.aapd.org.  #AAPDFoundation #BigLoveForLittleTeeth #healthykids
Its Official, We will see you in The Hub for AAPD 2021! Our annual session will begin on demand starting May 20 and live May 27-30. Register and find more info by visiting annual.aapd.org.  #AAPDFoundation #BigLoveForLittleTeeth #healthykids
Happy Mothers Day to everyone who is helping their child have #BigLoveForLittleTeeth!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#AAPDFoundation #BigLoveForLittleTeeth #HappyMothersDay #Mommyhood #newmom #momsofinstagram #toddlermom #studentmomlife #momtips #toddlermom

Foundation Spotlight

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May 22, 2019

Dental Home Day 2019

Dental Home Day is a day of service and a year of care, thanks to Sunstar Americas, Dental Home Day sponsor since 2013. AAPD Foundation donors and AAPD members gathered on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 to help the underserved children of Illinois receive access to dental care.

Last year, Dental Home Day was held at St. Bernard Hospital Ambulatory Care Clinic, an AAPD Foundation single-year grantee. Throughout the course of the day, children received teeth examinations, cleanings and treatments for any dental issues they may have. AAPD Foundation is providing St. Bernard a $20,000 Access to Care Grant to continue to provide care to Dental Home Day children and become a permanent Dental Home.

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Grants Map

120 Grantees 34 States and DC

Tooth decay (cavities) is an epidemic among our youngest children – an epidemic even worse for children from families struggling with poverty.  Since 2010, AAPD Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants and commitments to 114 organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. AAPD Foundation grantees have helped provide Dental Homes to more than 500,000 children.