In the movie ToothFairy 2, an 11-year-old Brady Reiter plays a centuries old fairy, a character that prepared her for a real life volunteer role with America’s ToothFairy, a program dedicated to eliminating pediatric dental disease.

“I could not believe there are so many kids suffering from severe tooth decay, a disease that we can prevent,” said Reiter, adding that many of these children are in so much pain that they can’t eat, sleep or learn in school. “As a ToothFairy, I had to help. I decided to join forces with the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation because they have programs that provide kids and their families with the education they need to prevent tooth decay as well as treatment.”

“I could not believe there are so many kids suffering from severe tooth decay, a disease that we can prevent.”

Leading by example

Reiter enthusiastically leads America’s ToothFairy Kids Club, a free program that helps children maintain a healthy smile with personal letters from the ToothFairy and fun activities they can do with their families. “Before I started working with America’s ToothFairy, I didn’t realize what a big part oral health plays in our overall health. When a person has a lot of tooth decay in their mouth, just imagine what’s going on in the rest of their body,” she said.

“That is why the work that America’s ToothFairy is doing is so important. We need to help people understand that their smile matters.” Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease, according to the Surgeon General’s Report, 2000. Left untreated, it can lead to pain, infections, low self-esteem and lifelong health problems.

Playing your role

Brady’s efforts also include a public service announcement for America’s ToothFairy.

“We need to protect children’s smiles by signing them up for the America’s ToothFairy Kids Club and everyone can become a real ToothFairy for a child in need,” she said. America’s ToothFairy supports a growing national non-profit clinical network along with volunteer professional and student community service programs providing educational, preventive and treatment services to children in need.