Research has shown that poor oral hygiene is directly correlated to an increase in the chances of developing various chronic diseases. We combat this issue by providing biodegradable toothbrushes to disadvantaged children who live in some of the poorest regions on the planet.
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.
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.
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).
Importance of Oral Health
Importance of Oral Health
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Woobamboo is our one and only supply partner. This company makes biodegradable toothbrushes for distribution to the public. Operation Brush and Woobamboo share the same passion for protecting the environment and spreading awareness about plastic pollution and our grave, unnecessary dependance on it. They give us a generous discount on their toothbrushes, which allows us to reach more children in need. If you like the environment (and you should because you are a part of it) head to their website to purchase an amazing toothbrush.
Porridge and Rice (PaR) is a UK-based, non-profit organization. While their primary mission is to feed children, they also provide lessons that teach children about health and hygiene. We are currently distributing 560 toothbrushes per year with the assistance of PaR. These toothbrushes are given to 280 pupils in the Nairobi slums, twice per year. Currently, PaR serves almost 1,750 pupils at five Nairobi schools. To help us reach all of these children, consider making a donation so no child is left out.
Helpings Hands for Haiti supports 960 underprivileged children, of which only 450 are able to receive our biodegradable toothbrushes due to funding. It is crucial for our organization to continuously supply these children with replacement toothbrushes twice per year and we are striving to reach the remaining children in need. Please consider making a recurring donation here to help us complete this program.