The Humble Smile Foundation & The Humble Brush

The Humble Smile Foundation is a global group of dental professionals who believe passionately that good oral health is a basic human right. Their Humble vision is to help prevent suffering caused by oral disease. They do this by promoting effective oral health initiative anywhere in the world where unmet needs are great.

In April 2015, the Humble Smile Foundation was founded in Sweden, with the aim of improving the lives of disadvantaged people anywhere on earth, by giving them the tools to reduce their burden of oral disease. At the same time, promoting the use of biodegradable toothbrushes, addresses the environmental problem posed by 2 billion discarded plastic toothbrushes per year.

The Humble Smile Foundation is committed to developing and strengthening the capacities of local non-dental personnel that could deliver much of the basic oral healthcare through education and training. The advantages of such a model are that it makes use of existing personnel, it integrates oral health within general health and it has the potential to strengthen the existing local healthcare system. Training-The-Trainers in this way enables sustainability as the trainees become trainers etc. 

In addition, interventions must aim to promote and facilitate long-term sustainable improvements, such as tackling upstream factors, and the environment that cause poor oral health and create inequities. Healthy public policies and legislation are important upstream measures to promote oral health, such as legislation to support the implementation of fluoridation programs (water, milk, salt and toothpaste), and healthy diet policy to create a supportive environment that is conducive to oral health. In particular, water fluoridation is one of the most cost-effective public health measures to improve dental health and reduce inequalities. Also, removal of taxes for oral health products is fundamental to avoid health inequities. 

Healthy behaviours & lifestyles developed at a young age are more sustainable throughout life. 

Their funding is based on a sustainable business model, not donations or philanthropy. Any individual or organization that makes the switch and chooses a Humble Brush over a regular hard plastic toothbrush, is contributing to the sustainability and expansion of Humble Smile Foundation's oral health outreach projects.

The Humble Brush

Humble Brush produces ergonomically Swedish designed toothbrushes with soft bristles that allow optimal bio-film control without damaging the tissues.

Environmental Sustainability

The brush handles are handcrafted from panda-friendly, anti-bacterial, and bio-degradable bamboo.

For more information visit www.humblesmile.org 
Or come and visit the ProDental CPD stand Q64 at the BDIA Dental Showcase 6th-8th October 2016

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