By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist
Covenant Community Care is one of a few organizations selected to receive free, biodegradable toothbrushes, and a holiday giving campaign is underway to get the toothbrushes to the Health Center.
The Bogobrush has a bamboo handle and nylon bristles, and was created by entrepreneurs with ties to the Detroit area. “Bogo” stands for “buy one, give one” and every time a toothbrush is purchased, another one will be donated to Covenant Community Care. A two-week Giving Challenge began this week and continues through December 14, wrapping up with a holiday giving event from 7 pm to midnight at Ponyride in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Bogobrush will announce the results of the Giving Challenge during the event. Give One partners in Minnesota and Georgia are also participating in the contest.
Bogobrush Co-Founder Heather McDougall said the Bogobrush returns to soil after a few months, unlike the 450 million plastic toothbrushes in landfills. She said they researched organizations on a list of low or no-cost dental clinics supplied by the Michigan Dental Association and chose to work with Covenant Community Care as its first Detroit Give One Partner.
“Covenant’s enthusiasm and amazing work in the community is an inspiration, and we look forward to learning from them as much as sharing with them,” McDougall said. “After conversations with several organizations, it was clear that Covenant was the right fit for us out of the gate.”
Covenant Community Care Dental Hygienist Nancy Harmon said that people will go to all types of extremes to get healthy, when one of the simplest ways to be healthy is to brush and floss your teeth every day.
“The ramifications of not caring for your teeth can affect all facets of a person’s life by denying friendships, employment opportunities, love and family relationships,” Harmon said. “Everyone wants healthy, white, straight teeth but somehow they miss that two-thirds of that is right in their hand. Brushing and flossing will create a great foundation for health.”
Bogobrush is accepting pre-orders through its website, and each toothbrush is $10.
Bogobrush is planning to expand its Give One Partners across the nation and offers a place to contact Bogobrush if interested in receiving the free toothbrushes.