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ADA 'Give Kids A Smile' Events Provide Dental Care to Children from Low-Income Families
Date:2/2/2009

ren see a dentist no later than their first birthday; however less than half (48-percent) of children entering kindergarten have seen a dentist within the past year and more than half (52-percent) of children ages six to eight have tooth decay, according to the Healthy People 2010 oral health update.

Give Kids A Smile events take place during February's National Children's Dental Health Month, through the volunteer efforts of dentists and dental team members and the generous support of corporate sponsors. In 2009, the Colgate-Palmolive Company will supply 300,000 toothbrushes and 300,000 tubes of toothpaste for GKAS events; DEXIS Digital X-ray will lend one DEXIS Digital X-ray system and support staff to each participating U.S. dental school; Henry Schein Dental will provide professional dental kits containing gloves, masks, patient bibs, dental floss, prophy paste and fluoride products.

The ADA continues to support legislation to improve access to oral health care, like the Children's Dental Health Improvement Act of 2007 and last year's "Deamonte's Law," a bill named for the child who died in Maryland. At home, the ADA urges parents to make sure their children brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat a balanced diet and see their dentist regularly to address tooth decay in its earliest stages.


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