A drive to purchase toothbrushes for Food Bank Alberta clients is happening this month. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A drive to purchase toothbrushes for Food Bank Alberta clients is happening this month. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Alberta dentists raising money to donate toothbrushes to food banks

A toothbrush drive will mark April’s Oral Health Month.

The Alberta Dental Association and College is partnering with the Alberta Dental Foundation for Brush-Up Alberta, a toothbrush drive “for our neighbours in need.”

Funds raised throughout April will allow for the purchase of oral health kits, which will be donated to Food Banks Alberta.

Toiletries and hygiene products are some of the most sought-after items at Food Banks Alberta.

Dentists know the value basic oral hygiene can make to those without access to care – and they working to help meet this need – as record numbers of Albertans visit food banks due to COVID-19.

“With nearly 13 per cent of Albertans facing food insecurity and utilizing services such as food banks in Alberta, and with hygiene products being some of the most sought-after items, we knew we wanted to help.” Dr. Tobias Meiszinger, president of the Alberta Dental Foundation said.

For every dollar donated in the month of April, the Alberta Dental Foundation will match it — up to $20,000. The goal is to provide more than 20,000 oral health kits to Food Banks Alberta.

To donate visit albertadentalfoundation.ca.

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