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"High School Musical's" Corbin Bleu Joins Colgate-Palmolive, United Way and Miami-Dade Elementary School Students for Dental Health Challenge
Date:11/8/2007

orhood, from different states or even different countries, there's nothing more welcoming than a smile," Bleu told the students. "Traveling on tour, I've had an opportunity to see what a smile can do to put people at ease. When I learned of the risks oral health disease presents, especially for kids in urban and rural areas, I wanted to help Colgate and United Way draw attention to the importance of maintaining good dental health."

"For children between the ages of 5 and 17 in the U.S., tooth decay is more common than asthma, more common than hay fever, and it poses a significant threat to our children's overall health and well-being," Dr. Marsha Butler added. "At Colgate, our objective is to work with communities to help reduce and prevent oral health disease, and we are providing children and their families with information and skills that allow them to take charge of their dental health. Over the past few years, we've hosted oral health festivals and awareness activities for children from LA to New York. We have a network of eight mobile dental vans that set up clinics in target areas and at cultural events across the United States. Globally, we've also reached out to more than 500 million people in 80 countries, encouraging children to see their dentists and recruiting parents, teachers, and community and professional organizations, to help raise awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral health."

Brian Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America, also stressed the importance of programs like today's event that encourage children to embrace and share what they've learned about maintaining a bright, healthy smile. "United Way is proud to partner with Colgate, one of our National Corporate Leaders," he said. "Together, Colgate and United Way are committed to helping children and their families have the best chance at a healthy and successful future."

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