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Big Love
for Little Teeth

With your support, we are helping to ensure all little teeth get the care they need and deserve.

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Oral health directly affects overall health

Children do not have equal access to the dental care they need

Half of the children in elementary school have cavities. Cavities in young kids can harm their health, development, and quality of life – both in the short-term and over time. 

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51 percent

of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have cavities.*

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1 in 10 children

with cavities suffers from pain, making it hard to chew and eat healthy foods.*

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51 million

hours of school are lost each year in the U.S. because of poor oral health.* 

*Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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OUR IMPACT ON LITTLE TEETH

How we make a difference

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation is dedicated to making dental care accessible to all children by providing community dental grants to support dentist-led clinics who give routine cleanings, advanced treatments, and ongoing care to kids in need.

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Featured News

Read more about supporting all children in their need for proper dental care.

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Events

Join us for any upcoming events! Missed an event? Don’t worry! We have them all here for you.

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Meet our winner!

Dr. Beverly A. Largent Access to Care Innovator Award

Every year The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation is proud to recognize someone for excellence in providing dental care to children from families who cannot afford it. We’re excited to announce that this year’s winner is Dr. Nicole McGrath-Barnes, Founder and CEO of KinderSmile Foundation.

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Become a healthy smile hero!

With your help, we can give more children the dental care they need—and the healthy smile they deserve.

Stories & Testimonials

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Maria’s Story

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Mary Anne’s Story

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A Mother’s Story

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Dr. Poelman’s Testimonial

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Dr. Day’s Testimonial

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Ms. Hoffman’s Testimonial