Navigation Links
Caring Give Back A Smile Volunteer Dental Professionals Donate Over $5 Million in Services to Survivors of Domestic Violence
Date:2/13/2008

MADISON, Wis., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate healthy relationships and this year the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's (AACDCF) Give Back A Smile (GBAS) program celebrates that and so much more. Generous AACDCF volunteer dental professionals have given their time and expertise pro bono to help restore the smiles and lives of survivors of domestic violence. To date, more than 600 GBAS cases have been completed for a total dollar value of over $5 million.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071009/DCTU023 )

Sadly, more than five million people in the United States are affected by domestic violence each year. These startling statistics reflect why the AACDCF's GBAS program was created. Its mission is to "restore a life by restoring a smile" by providing free cosmetic dental care to survivors of domestic violence.

"After suffering abuse, it is difficult for survivors to find something to smile about, and it's even harder when they don't have a smile to show. AACD members who assist survivors of domestic violence by treating their dental injuries in-turn restoring their smiles, their self-esteem and their lives," said AACD Foundation Director Erin Roberts. "This is the true spirit of Valentine's Day."

Finding Help Through Give Back A Smile

-- Domestic violence survivors who have suffered dental injuries from abuse from a former intimate partner or spouse can contact GBAS toll-free at: (800) 773-4227.

-- Survivors must make an appointment with a counselor, domestic violence advocate, social worker or therapist to complete the advocate section of the GBAS application.

-- GBAS conducts the initial review of the application, however, the dentist has the final say as to the eligibility of the applicant.

-- If eligible, the AACD connects the survivor with a local GBAS volunteer who provides treatment at no charge to the recipient.

Restoring Smiles -- and Lives

In July 2001, the AACD was one of only eight organizations in the world to receive the Award of Excellence and the prestigious Associations Advance America Summit Award for its GBAS program. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), of Washington, D.C, sponsors this yearly national competition to recognize the charitable organizations that make the most effort to advance American society.

Those interested in finding help through the Give Back A Smile program should visit http://www.givebackasmile.com, call the National Hotline: (800) 773-4227 or send an e-mail to givebackasmile@aacd.com. To make a donation to the Give Back A Smile program contact the AACD Charitable Foundation, 5401 World Dairy Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53718-3900 or call (608) 222-8583.

http://www.aacd.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Hospice Caring, Inc. Earns Seal of Excellence and Elects New Board Member
2. Study Finds High Cost of Caring for Aging Parent
3. MultiVu Video Feed: NEW SURVEY FINDS THAT HALF OF CAREGIVERS SPEND 10 PERCENT OF THEIR INCOME CARING FOR AN OLDER LOVED ONE
4. Getting to the Root of Caring for Your Hair at Any Age
5. AUDIO from Medialink and Colgate: A Healthy Smile - Not Just a Question for Your Dentist
6. Over 300 Children Are Given New Smiles
7. Tooth Wizard Battles PlaqueMan during Februarys Childrens Dental Health Month; Makes Illinois Kids Smile
8. Michigan Dentists Giving Free Dental Care to Low-Income Children During Annual Give Kids a Smile Program Starting February 1
9. Ohio Dental Volunteers to Give Over $1.1M in Free Care and Improve Oral Health of 18,000 Children in Need Through 6th Annual Give Kids A Smile! Day Ohio
10. G&L Guitars Phyllis Fender Brings Smiles to Children Everywhere
11. Smile! Make Your New Years Resolutions a Reality This Year
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a ... can give their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers ... Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes for ... Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , AIR ... care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers will ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of ... Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to ... said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... the pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high ... low, risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Revolutionary technology includes multi-speaker listening to ... leaders in advanced audiology and hearing aid technology, has ... the world,s first internet connected hearing aid that opens ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160622/382240 ) , ... firsts,: , TwinLink™ - the first dual ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 The vast majority ... outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a ... per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait ... but especially grueling for patients who are elderly and ... skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... FRANKLIN, Tenn. , June 23, 2016 ... for automating, integrating and transforming the patient ... launch of several innovative new products and ... depth of its revenue cycle offerings. These ... establish more efficient workflows, remain compliant in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: