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North Carolina Dentists Collect More Than 600 lbs of Toothbrushes and Toothpaste for U.S. Troops

In observance of Veterans Day, the North Carolina Dental Society is donating more than 600 lbs. of dental supplies to soldiers stationed at Ft. Bragg.

CARY, N.C. – In observance of Veterans Day, the North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS) is donating more than 600 lbs. of dental supplies to soldiers stationed at Ft. Bragg. Aligned with efforts to promote strong oral health among our troops, NCDS member dentists, their patients and suppliers donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and sugar-free gum for our servicemen and women overseas.

In its inaugural dental drive, the NCDS partnered with the USO of North Carolina to collect donations for North Carolina troops. Surprisingly and sadly, dental supplies are not provided for U.S. soldiers. Men and women in uniform rely on dental care packages from family members or the USO of North Carolina for their oral health needs. 

“It is disappointing to learn the men and women who protect our country aren’t armed with basic tools like toothbrushes and toothpaste to keep their mouths healthy,” said Dr. Deborah Aten of Aten and Garofalo Family Dentistry in Charlotte. “It was a perfect opportunity for the NCDS to promote a dental drive and support our North Carolina troops stationed at Ft. Bragg.”

Across the state, NCDS member dentists collected dental supplies over a three-week period leading up to Veterans Day. Financial contributions collected at dentist offices will go toward the purchase of additional dental supplies. Industry suppliers Henry-Schein and Colgate contributed more than 2,500 toothbrushes to the effort, while the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine collected donations at its eight community service learning centers across the state.

“The mission for our inaugural event was two-fold. First, we wanted to arm our troops with the supplies they need to maintain good oral hygiene. But, we also wanted to increase community awareness of the oral health needs of our troops. 600 lbs. of toothbrushes and toothpaste is an inspired launch, and we are only getting started,” said Dr. Alec Parker, executive director of the North Carolina Dental Society.

For more information about oral health in North Carolina, visit www.ncdental.org.

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About the North Carolina Dental Society

The North Carolina Dental Society was founded in 1856 and is one of the oldest dental societies in the country. The NCDS represents 3,700 member dentists in North Carolina. Headquartered in Cary, our mission is to help all members succeed.  For more information about the NCDS, visit ncdental.org.  The North Carolina Dental Society is a part of the American Dental Association, the nation's largest dental association, representing 158,000 dentist members.

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