Angels player Chuck Finley snaps a photo with the Garden Grove clinical staff during the Toy Drive.

Every year Healthy Smiles hosts a Toy Drive with the help of generous community partners and corporations. This year Angels player Chuck Finley made a special appearance at the Toy Drive, courtesy of BIOLASE, Inc.

BIOLASE, Inc. is a medical device company that uses laser technology in dentistry and has supported several Healthy Smiles initiatives in the past.

The three-time All-Star and former Anaheim Angel’s player spread holiday cheer at our Garden Grove clinic by delivering toys, taking photos and signing autographs. Finley also talked about the importance of brushing your teeth every day with patients.

Earlier this year, BIOLASE, Inc. donated two dental lasers to the clinic and trained Healthy Smiles practitioners including residents from University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

“We know that there is a big need in our surrounding communities for improved oral health, and we want to do our best to reach out and increase access to quality care for as many people as possible,” said John Beaver, Executive Vice President and CFO of BIOLASE, Inc. “Collaborating with Healthy Smiles allows us to do just that, while educating individuals about the benefits of utilizing laser technology.”

With the help of BIOLASE, Inc. and other organizations, the Toy Drive supplied toys for the Tooth Fairy Learning Center (TFLC), a fun and interactive educational resource located right next to the lobby of our Garden Grove clinic. Children that visit the TFLC learn how to brush, floss and receive nutritional education. Patients that complete their brushing and flossing calendars as well as attend their six-month check-ups earn Tooth Fairy Bucks that can be exchanged for fun prizes and toys!

“We are honored to have the support of corporations such as Biolase because it allows us to provide opportunities for our patients not just during the holidays but year-round,” said Jenny Sanchez, Associate Director of Outreach.

After Finley toured our clinic and gave out toys, Healthy Smiles staff encouraged him to ring the cavity-free bell! Patients who are cavity-free at their six-month check-ups get to ring the bell and go home with extra Tooth Fairy Bucks.

Healthy Smiles would like to thank BIOLASE Inc. and all of the Toy Drive partners for helping to make this year’s Toy Drive a memorable one.

If you are interested in becoming a corporate partner with Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, please contact Natalie Camacho, Communications and Development Specialist at 714-510-3846 or ncamacho@healthysmilesoc.org