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What is Tooth B.U.D.D.S.?

Tooth B.U.D.D.S.,  Bringing Understanding of Dental Disease to Schools, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization staffed by Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienists living in the Gila Valley founded in response to the reported disparities in oral health care in the rural counties of Arizona; specifically Graham and Greenlee Counties.  Tooth BUDDS has set its focus on the children of this region who, through the efforts of this non-profit and generous funding partners, may receive a dental screening, dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants and Silver Diamine Fluoride applications free of charge in their school setting.  Tooth BUDDS takes it one step farther by utilizing teledentistry to connect patients with urgent decay to their dental provider for follow up treatment.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to improve the oral health of low-income, at-risk populations by providing preventive dental hygiene health care services through evidence-based clinical Best Practices to include:  oral hygiene education, screenings, intraoral camera images, dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatment and Silver Diamine Fluoride application.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to decrease a child’s pain and suffering from dental decay through education and prevention of oral disease at the convenience of their school location thus allowing the child to thrive socially, physically, mentally and academically.

Meet Our Staff

Amy Fulps, RDH

Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienist

Amy has been practicing dental hygiene for over 15 years.

Karen Turnidge, RDH

Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienist

Karen has been practicing dental hygiene for over 20 years….

Liz Turner, RDH

Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienist

Liz is a transplant to the Gila Valley from Alaska where she worked as a dental hygienist….

Destini Munoz

Dental Assistant

Destini is an experienced dental assistant who….

Supporting Partners