Giving our communities something to smile about.
There is only so much our members can achieve individually within the community. But working together as an association we can (and do) do great things. We take our social responsibility seriously and focus our energy into providing funds, knowledge and personnel for community initiatives in the areas of dental education (both here and abroad) and good oral health.
We have an on-going relationship with the organisations and charities below and fully support their initiatives.
After receiving a request from a primary school for funding of a drinking-water fountain, the ADA decided to explore how we could provide drinking-water fountains to not just one school, but to many and to include early childhood centres in the mix. ‘Switch to water, switch off tooth decay’ is the result – a partnership with Mountain Fresh that sees both the ADA and Mountain Fresh provide a financial contribution towards the purchase and installation of drinking-water fountains in any Auckland primary school and early childhood centre. The discounted amount can mean a saving of up to $600 per unit for a school (depending on the type of unit fountain pruchased). In return for the discount, the school or early childhood centre must agree to have our ‘Switch to water’ plaque mounted on the fountain.
Since it's inception in 2018 the ADA/Mountain Fresh partnership has seen over 100 subsidised drinking-water fountains installed schools and early childhood centres in Auckland.
This partnership has enabled us to strengthen the NZDA's 'switch to water' message at a local level.
The Newton Wickham Auckland Dental Association Trust (NWADAT) was set up over 13 years ago having recognised the need for charitable dental aid to assist in the care of the underprivileged in overseas countries, especially the Pacisfic Island nations.
Read more: Smiles for the Pacific
Family Teeth Matters is an Auckland charity that educates people about the damage sugar does to children's teeth.
To date, over 7600 children, parents and teachers have attended the Family Teeth Matters programme, which has been going for four years. The programme is all about helping parents and caregivers make good choices around the food and drink they put in their child's mouth. "If they manage the sugar correctly, they can eliminate that whole childhood decay problem," says David Wallbridge, dentist and founder. He said our society was "just awash with vast quantities of sugar" and said a lot of parents did not associate sugar with a lot of foods. The programme is run at some preschools and primary schools in Glen Innes and South Auckland, as well as at community days. The programme features Detective Sugar Spotter and the Tooth Fairy and there is a video presentation, along with a resource box with games and quizzes, activities and reading books.