“While brushing my teeth one night in 2010 when I was 16, I had the thought to start collecting toothbrushes. I researched and found out that, outside of major corporations like Colgate, not many individuals had made a concerted effort to improve the state of oral care in the US and overseas through the widespread distribution of this simple implement which many of us take for granted. Most people are not aware that dental caries are the most common chronic disease in the world; however, they are largely preventable with proper oral care.” Paige Alenick is a young lady with a vision. ASDA read about her story of how she was able to collect toothbrushes for those who need them most.
Most of the third world lacks dentists and oral health education. Also, poor oral care is associated with other diseases like heart disease and diabetes. After starting a web site (http://donateatoothbrush.com), small donations started arriving. With Paige’s family’s assistance, she reached out to local dentists, religious organizations, Scout troops and schools. Later, she contacted dental supply companies and large corporations which enabled the organization to rapidly expand. She has collected and distributed more than 145,000 toothbrushes to families in developing countries as well as locally (such as to victims of Hurricane Sandy and women’s and homeless shelters, soup kitchens and more). She knows that each toothbrush distributed means one less person has to suffer from the pain that poor oral health can cause. Paige plans on continuing her education so she can obtain a degree in psychology with a minor in child and adolescent mental health studies. After that, she plans on attending graduate school. Good news, Paige plans to continue her work with Donate-A-Toothbrush! Do you want to donate toothbrushes to help Paige’s cause? Please send to Donate-A-Toothbrush, 333 Old Hook Road, Suite 101, Westwood, NJ 07675.
~Neek LaMantia, San Francisco ’16, electronic editor