Every Child Deserves a Healthy Smile


Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S.

The mouth is the gateway to a person’s overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be linked to diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually. Additionally, oral disease disproportionately affects children from low-income families and these children have almost twice the number of decayed teeth that have not been treated by a dentist as compared to others in the general population.


The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives (PHMHL) is helping 73.6 of America’s children prevent oral disease and pain.

PHMHL is a coalition of the leading organizations in the field of oral health who have come together to tackle the children’s oral health disparity as a whole. Our primary mission is to educate parents and caregivers, as well as the children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention.

To reach more parents, caregivers and children we need your help!


Improving children’s oral health takes work and coordination from multiple directions.  Making strides to improve homecare, educating parents, and empowering children and families are just some of the important parts of creating a healthier generation. We believe that by strengthening the network, together, we can all work to help children live healthier lives. Your support will assist in ensuring that parents, caregivers and children have access to resources and elevate the importance of brushing in order to prevent childhood oral disease and pain.