GOING HIS WAY: GLO GOOD AND BENCO HELP ROCKER BRING ORAL CARE TO THE BAHAMAS.
The involvement of rock star Lenny Kravitz with the GLO Good Foundation—the philanthropic arm of GLO Science, the company run by Manhattan dentist Dr. Jonathan B. Levine and his wife, Stacey, is one Incisal Edge has documented before (see “Healthy GLO,” Summer 2019). Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Foundation joins GLO Good Foundation with the Levines’ sons, Julian and Cody, to develop and promote Twice toothpaste and help bring dental care to poorly served areas of Kravitz’s beloved Bahamas.
GLO Good recently returned to the island of Eleuthera for its fifth dental mission. Joining Kravitz and the caravan as volunteers were Rebecca Binder, executive director of the Benco Family Foundation, and Bryant Hinrichs, a Benco Dental equipment-support tech. While there, Binder and the team presented the Lessons in a Lunchbox program (middle right) to young students in a one-room classroom. The program, developed two decades ago by Dr. Winifred Booker—CEO of the Children’s Oral Health Institute in Owings Mills, Maryland—helps children learn the importance of brushing, flossing, fluoride and healthy dietary choices. (This event helped kick off a new initiative with Boston University, BU/GLOGood Kids, which aims to bring oral-health education, preventive care and treatment to children across Eleuthera.)
Some parts of the Bahamas are still reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian late last summer, and bringing quality dental care to the needy there is one way dentistry can help. “It is of the utmost importance to me that the people in my community receive free first-class health care,” Kravitz has said. “It’s even more of a priority that they receive knowledge about how to take care of their bodies.”
For more information about the organizations mentioned above, please visit glogoodfoundation.org, benco.com and mycohi.org.