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The EnDK Initiative 5/1/2022
For over a decade, our small group has discussed how to minimize the harm from tooth decay. Both individually and together, we’ve tried new measures, conducted research and performed demonstration projects around the world–even on a sidewalk outside an international dental research meeting in San Francisco. Members of our group have obtained FDA approval of a key medication, developed a tooth decay risk test and invented two essential tools that don't require public utilities. We have made numerous presentations including a TED talk. We submitted a competitive MacArthur Foundation grant proposal for a $100 million, 5-year, worldwide, demonstration project covering 600,000 individuals. It wasn’t selected but we will resubmit a greatly improved proposal for the 2023 competition.
Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the World Health Organization have called tooth decay the silent pandemic. We need to make it the noisy epidemic by enlisting the collective voices of children, parents, health professionals, educators, social workers and sympathetic organizations. Gathering supporters has no $ cost, so please read the following material and then submit your name in support of the EnDK Initiative to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This invitation is also at: www.dentalcareforall.org/about-4. Additional background information is at: www.smartoralhealth.com and www.mmclibrary.com. We plan to have social media sites to spread the word but, for now, a good way to start is to give your name in support and then ask your family, friends and colleagues to do the same. Below are the names of the organizing group. The following pages have our Vision, Mission, Narrative and a partial List of Supporters.
Who wouldn’t want a world without toothaches?
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