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Mission Statement

We distribute biodegradable toothbrushes to underprivileged children living in developing countries to combat chronic diseases.


WHY TOOTHBRUSHES?


  Millions of Children in Need

Oral hygiene plays an extremely important role with not only the mouth, but the entire body's health as well. With half of the world's population not having access to a toothbrush, we take it upon ourselves to increase access to this fundamental tool, while also minimizing our impact on the environment.

More than a Toothache

Many know that poor oral hygiene leads to gum disease and tooth decay when left untreated. However, a lesser known fact among most is that if poor oral hygiene persists and is not treated, it can lead to devastating complication: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature birth, memory loss, and more.

Sustainably Sourced

Our toothbrushes are produced by WooBamboo, a company that designs eco-friendly toothbrushes. These toothbrushes are made from panda-friendly bamboo that is fast growing, biodegradable, and a natural antimicrobial (meaning it destroys and inhibits the growth of bacteria).


Transparency


  Where your Money Goes

*These estimates rounded to the nearest integer. *We are a 100% volunteer based organization, we receive 0 compensation.  

*These estimates rounded to the nearest integer.
*We are a 100% volunteer based organization, we receive 0 compensation.
 

    Donation Impact Ratio

*A recurring donation of $10/month costs just $0.33/day and helps over 50 children receive two toothbrushes per year.

*A recurring donation of $10/month costs just $0.33/day and helps over 50 children receive two toothbrushes per year.


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Importance


Importance of Oral Health

Importance


Importance of Oral Health

                                   Chronic Illnesses


Heart Disease

#1 Cause of Death Globally

Oral hygiene is directly related to heart disease, such as coronary heart disease (CHD) and infective endocarditis. Researchers have discovered certain types of bacteria found in your mouth also live in your heart's arteries.

CHD journal article→
Endocarditis journal article→ 

Preterm Birth

Affecting the Unborn

Studies now show that certain types of bacteria, when left in the mouth, can enter into a woman's bloodstream and attack the fetus. This attack on the fetus can trigger preterm labor. Premature babies are 40 times more likely to die in the first 28 days of birth (neonatal period).

NCBI journal article→
PD and preterm birth journal article→

Cancer

Not Just of the Mouth

Studies have found a serious link between oral health and cancer-linked viruses. These viruses are able to affect not only the mouth but other areas in the body as well (Periodontitis disease is abbreviate as PD).

Cancer research journal article→
PD and lung cancer journal article→

Memory Loss

Alzheimer's and Dementia

Bacteria known as Porphyromonas gingivalis has been found in the brain of people suffering from memory loss conditions. This bacteria is also found in people's mouths. Oral inflammation and tooth loss are both associated to the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Dementia and its link journal article→
Alzheimer's and its link journal article→

 

Diabetes

Two-way Street

Research has shown that people with diabetes have higher risks of developing gum disease. Likewise, studies suggest that gum disease may also increase the rate of diabetes in both adolescents and adults. 

Two-way relationship journal article→
Adolescents Type 1 journal article→ 

More Links

Dental Health & Chronic Illness

Oral Health & Heart Disease

Periodontal Disease

Sleep Apnea and PD

Bad Oral Health Index (photos)

Oral Health & Halitosis 

 

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Our Partners


Our Partners

Our Partners


Our Partners

 
 
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