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See What Your Support Has Accomplished

With 2012 coming to a close, OHA would like to thank all of you for supporting the vital work we do throughout the year. Whether you've made a gift to OHA, are involved directly or indirectly with one of our programs, or simply forwarded an email or shared a Facebook status talking about how we serve vulnerable children and older adults, we appreciate all of you. See what your support has allowed us to accomplish this year. Happy Holidays!

More to Smile About This Holiday Season

Philadelphia-based Smiles Across America® partner, Kids Smiles, has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. The organization was one of only two dental health care providers to receive a 2012 Healthcare Innovation Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, receiving top recognition in the Health Improvement Award category. Kids Smiles was also awarded a grant from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation to provide oral health education at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (pictured above). Congratulations on faithfully serving children in need!

Telling Millions About the Importance of Oral Health

The numbers are in, and this year's Fall for Smiles® campaign reached more people than ever before. Throughout September and October, the campaign generated more than 500 million audience impressions in 535 print and web articles, with nearly 30,000 impressions on social media including Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's campaign and we look forward to reaching even more people about improving their oral and overall health in 2013.

The Road to Water Fluoridation in Portland

Earlier this year, Portland, Ore., was the largest city in the country without water fluoridation. To generate public support for water fluoridation, the Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition earned the endorsements from prominent politicians, including Oregon’s Governor, all five Multnomah County Commissioners, and many other local elected officials. After more than a year of campaign preparations, including a short one-month public campaign, Upstream Public Health and 82 partnering organizations successfully advocated Portland City Council to vote unanimously in favor of fluoridating Portland’s water supply. Click on the image above to view a video from the coalition's campaign and congratulations on this important win for oral health.

Give a Little to Do A Lot: Consider a $10 Donation!

No gift is too small to make a big impact. In fact, a DOUBLE impact!  EVERY gift through made through December 31st will be doubled thanks to a generous dollar for dollar match from our friends at Ivoclar Vivadent. Every dollar given to OHA helps bring access to oral health care to those who need it most, from children to older adults to those hit hard by the country's struggling economy.

This holiday season, we're asking our enewsletter readers to give $10 to support OHA's programs and campaigns and ensure that we can help even more Americans in 2013.

Help Oral Health America Bring Healthy Mouths to Life! 

Click here for a list of donors who gave a gift to Oral Health America between November 14, 2012 and December 10, 2012. If your name should have been included, please contact Brad McLaughlin, Development Director, at or 312-836-9900.

From the President & CEO: Holiday Giving

As you contemplate your year-end giving, I hope you will consider OHA.  A holiday gift in honor of someone you know, or in memory of someone you knew, is truly the “gift of a smile." Please call my collegue, Brad McLaughlin at (312) 836-9900 for more information. Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
Beth Truett
President & CEO

Connecting America with Smiles

Planning for the February 20, 2013 Gala & Benefit is underway! Click Here to learn more about the event including where to get tickets and how to become a sponsor. Don't forget to pre-purchase your raffle tickets too; attendance is not required to participate!

The Challenges of Prevention

OHA's Amanda Ciatti recently attended Partnering for Policy Change: Meeting the Challenges of Prevention and Workforce conference held by The Pew Center on the States, which focused on access to care, water fluoridation, and alternative workforce models. Thank you to Pew for being at the forefront of innovative oral health solutions!


Board member Larry Twersky was honored by his alma mater, California State University, Northridge, at its 11th annual Volunteer Service Awards. He received one of the organization's highest honors, the Dorothea “Granny” Heitz Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership. Congratulations, Larry!

Register Now for Upcoming OSAP Conference

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention is offering its Annual Dental Infection Prevention & Control course for $200 for 28 continuing education hours. The course takes place Jan. 7-10 in San Antonio. Registration is required by Dec. 28. Visit OSAP's website for more details.

The WTP Portal Is Coming

The Wisdom Tooth Project® web portal is coming early in 2013. Keep an eye on OHA's website and be sure to read the January enewsletter for news of  the official launch.

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