Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: supports community-based initiatives that provide access to care for all children. Established in 1987, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children is the charitable arm of the AAPD dedicated to providing dental homes for children nationwide. HSHC is an IRS 501(C)(3) charitable foundation. Tooth decay (cavities) is the single most common childhood disease and hundreds of thousands of children nationwide go untreated each year because of financial hardship. Worse, cavities often are the least of the oral health concerns for many children. That’s why Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC): The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry strives to ensure every child has a dental home – a place where they can receive consistent, compassionate dental care. We fund and cultivate community-based initiatives where pediatric dentists and other oral health professionals help the underserved. Affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we are connected to more pediatric dentists than any other national child oral care charity. Who better than pediatric dentists to lead the way in helping solve the oral health problems of children?