" Oral health, integral to children's general well-being must be included in the provision of health care and design of community programs " - CDC - Oral Health in America 2000

SUPPORT FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

We have been a valued institution within the St. Louis community since 1992. Dr. Byron DuVall, Dr. Derrick Frye, and Dr. Joseph Erondu had the foresight to address oral disease in our community long before the association with overall health was widely known. Since its inception, Gateway to Oral Health Foundation has worked with school districts, assisted living facilities, charter schools, and daycare centers to provide comprehensive oral care and prevention to children in the St. Louis Community, regardless of their ability to pay.

 

COLLABORATION

We work tirelessly to reduce or eliminate oral disease within our community. Collaborations with our valuable partners have helped us provide holistic and comprehensive health services to our children. The Health Works Kids Museum, the Little Bit Foundation, and Delta Dental of Missouri have collaborated with us to better serve our community by providing education, treatment, and awareness.

CONCERN

Tooth decay is the number one chronic health problem of children. Dental disease is infectious and progressive. Healthy teeth are important for eating, talking, smiling, and concentration. If left untreated, dental disease can become life threatening. It is important that we treat dental disease, but it is more important that we change behavior and educate our children to prevent disease. This is the focus of Gateway to Oral Health Foundation.

CARING

We treat over 25,000 children and adults annually. GTOHF provides quality dentistry to patients in need regardless of their ability to pay. Our staff is trained to be kind,
respectful, and caring. Regular training insures we provide state of the art treatment to our valuable patients.

The Challenge

Millions of low income children in the United States do not receive proper dental care and may experience acute dental pain. Low-income children are up to 5 times more likely to have untreated tooth decay which frequently causes general health problems, learning difficulties, discomfort, eating problems, and self esteem issues.

Mobile dental teams operating in school environments have been shown to be an effective tool in addressing these problems.

 

How We Help

Gateway to Oral Health Foundation (GTOHF) is a non-profit corporation that provides quality dental care to children in need regardless of their ability to pay. The demand for our services continues to increase in spite of our preventive efforts. You can help us continue our mission through your tax deductible donation.

Please donate today.

 

Who Benefits​

​Children benefit from healthier teeth and improved readiness to learn.

Schools benefit from reduced absenteeism, parental appreciation, and improved learning on behalf of students.

The community benefits because the school based program provides a channel for reaching children who would otherwise not have access to services.