Delta Dental Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of King County for Operation Toothbrush

SEATTLE (Dec. 11, 2020) – Delta Dental of Washington and Arcora Foundation are partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of King County for Operation Toothbrush – an initiative to provide new toothbrushes and other necessary dental health supplies to children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kicking off at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, and continuing throughout the month at other club locations countywide, 2,500 dental health kits – containing a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, dental floss – are being distributed. Also included is information about DentistLink, a free dental referral service provided by Arcora Foundation, as well as reminders for how to maintain good oral health at home.

“Kids are always learning about health and wellness in our clubs. It's a huge part of what we do, so we love working with Delta Dental's Operation Toothbrush to make sure all kids have what they need for good dental hygiene, said Laurie Black, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. “Right now, everyone is wearing masks in the clubs, but we want to make sure there are healthy smiles underneath.”

“It’s important that people are able to maintain their oral health routines during this pandemic, which includes replacing your toothbrush every three months,” said Delta Dental’s Marketing Program Manager, Jennifer Hwang. We’re very appreciative for help distributing the dental health kits to those in the community who need them most.”

In the early weeks of the pandemic, Delta Dental and Arcora Foundation distributed nearly 12,000 dental health kits – as well as 15,000 additional adult and youth-sized toothbrushes – via school districts, food security organizations, Native tribes, and nonprofits serving youth, families, and seniors statewide.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is a leader in youth development, providing safe, inclusive, affordable places for kids and teens during out-of-school time. We believe every kid has what it takes. The mission and core beliefs of Boys & Girls Clubs fuel our commitment to promoting safe, positive, and inclusive environments for all. Boys & Girls Clubs of America supports all youth and teens – of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion – in reaching their full potential. Clubs offer life-changing programs and services to more than 1,900 youth throughout the greater Seattle area each day. Clubs continue doing whatever it takes, offering extended full-day and half-day programming during remote learning due to the pandemic. As one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States, the organization enjoys a rich history of more than 77 years serving King County youth.

About Delta Dental of Washington
Delta Dental of Washington is the state’s leading dental benefits provider, covering nearly 3 million people in Washington state and nationally. As the only not-for-profit carrier dedicated to improving oral health in Washington, Delta Dental plays a vital role in extending access to care for the underserved and vulnerable populations by funding Arcora Foundation, corporate philanthropy, and oral health advocacy – to ensure all people enjoy good oral health and overall health, with no one left behind. For more information, visit www.deltadentalwa.com.

About Arcora Foundation
Arcora Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving oral health and advancing health equity by partnering with communities to prevent oral disease, transform health systems, and increase access to care. Funded by nonprofit Delta Dental of Washington, the state’s largest dental benefits company, we work toward a shared vision: all people enjoy good oral and overall health, with no one left behind. For more information, visit www.arcorafoundation.org.

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