"Smile Kentucky! is a terrific program that helps us showcase the great work of dentists and their teams in helping provide care to people who need it," said ADA President Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.Sc. "It's a shame that dental disease is the most common chronic childhood disease when it's something that can be prevented with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits."
For good dental health, the ADA recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, eating a balanced diet, drinking water containing fluoride and visiting a dentist regularly. Information on proper brushing technique is available at MouthHealthy.org, the ADA's site that includes resources, information and videos to help people be good stewards of their dental health.
The Louisville event is just one in the national Give Kids A Smile initiative, a signature program of the ADA in which approximately 10,000 dentists and their teams volunteer to provide free oral health services to more than 400,000 underserved children across the nation all year long.
"The success of Smile Kentucky! and other ADA Give Kids A Smile programs around the country underscore the power of public-private partnership," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc. "Together we have made important strides in narrowing the wide gap in access to oral health care that exists in this country, but there is much work to be done. We must remain laser focused in helping 'Give Kids A Smile' fulfill its mission of eliminating cavities in U.S. five-year-olds by 2020."Give Kids A Smile is made possible by the volunteer efforts of dentists, dental team members and the generous support of corporate sponsors. Sponsor Henry Schein Dental provides professional dental supplies such as gloves, gauze, masks and patient bibs; sponsor Colgate-Palmolive Co., donates toothbrushes and toothpaste for children at the events; and sponsor DEXIS, LLC, donates the use of its digital X-ray systems, along with the expertise of its staff for dental schools, organizations and large group practices requesting assistance. In addition, longtime contributor 3M donated 500 refills of dental sealant and etchant materials for those GKAS programs that qualified.