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Apr 13, 2017

Community Supports Children’s Dental Health Month

Standing in front of 20,496 toothpaste tubes on 12 pallets are, left to right, uDo Chief Love Officer Anthony Dalleggio, Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Saker ShopRite Receiving Supervisor Larry O’Rourke, and The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez

Residents, businesses, and charities from Monmouth and Ocean Counties observed National Children’s Dental Health Month in February by giving children a reason to smile! Led by United Donations Organization (uDo®), the community collectively delivered more than 20,000 tubes of toothpaste for distribution by The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties. uDo is a Monmouth-based nonprofit on a mission to ensure adequate dental care for every child on earth. Presently, uDo is allocating 100% of its resources to providing dental care supplies, education, and treatment to children in both counties.

In addition to the 20,496 tubes of toothpaste sourced by Wakefern and Saker ShopRites, philanthropists, county officials, and businesses have been joining uDo’s mission by enabling the charity to donate over 40,000 eco-friendly toothbrushes. This means that 10,000 children on food stamps and without the means to replace their toothbrushes will now have a year’s worth of dental care supplies. Founder Anthony Dalleggio says, “This really warms my heart. I grew up in Monmouth County. I am so proud to hail from a community that is providing its children in need with essential hygiene products that food stamps are not covering. We are leading by example and one smile at a time.”

Furthering the community initiative, uDo has partnered with The Arc of Monmouth to employ adults with disabilities to package uDo Bamboo Toothbrushes at The Arc’s Work Opportunity Center in Long Branch. Charities are not the only groups to be partnering with uDo, as businesses of all kinds, especially dentist practices, have also been actively contributing.

In February, many free dental care days were organized by caring dentists. Dr. Benjamin Klayman of Red Bank Smiles, a major uDo sponsor, opened his doors to economically disadvantaged Red Bank Regional students. Dr. Klayman says, “Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources to take care of their smiles at home, much less see a dentist twice a year. That is why Red Bank Smiles and I clean teeth and fill cavities at no cost for children whose parents cannot afford it.”

Just because February and Children’s Dental Health Month is over, it does not mean that it is time to forget the importance of wholesome oral hygiene routines. Brushing teeth means more than a nice smile and fresh breath. It is a preventative measure that will add years to your life. And, as we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

uDo® was founded in 2012 to ensure a sustainable smile for every child, with a special focus on rural India and the United States. Please call Anthony Dalleggio at (732) 704-HOPE (4673) or visit to get involved.