Appeal supports toothbrushing schemes

16,000 children living in Cambodia and refugee camps in Greece will be given a toothbrush and access to oral health education thanks to a Dentaid appeal.

The dental charity ran a Christmas campaign to pay for the shipment of thousands of brushes enabling oral health schemes to take place in remote Cambodian schools and projects that support refugee children on the island of Samos.

The huge boxes of brushes were donated by the Austrian company Playbrush which ran a Brush 4 Good campaign in 2019. Every time someone brushed their teeth using the Playbrush app, the company donated a brush to Dentaid and the charity received 40,793 toothbrushes in total.

Dentaid’s Christmas appeal has paid to send 16,000 brushes to Cambodia and Samos where they be used as part of programmes teaching children about oral health. The remainder will be used for the charity’s toothbrushing schemes in countries including Uganda, Morocco, Kenya and South Africa.

“Oral health education is a key part of our work so we’re very grateful to Playbrush and everyone who supported our Christmas appeal,” said Dentaid’s overseas project manager, Jacqueline James. “We see time again how valuable toothbrushes are to children who don’t own one. These brushes will be used by our partners including One-2-One in Cambodia and Action for Education in Samos to ensure that children living in very difficult circumstances have the knowledge and the means to brush their teeth.”