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Henry Schein, Supplier Partners Join American Dental Association On Eleventh Annual Give Kids A Smile Day
Date:2/1/2013

MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein , Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, and its supplier partners have again joined with the American Dental Association (ADA), Colgate-Palmolive and DEXIS to sponsor and celebrate Give Kids A Smile Day today, as always, the first Friday of each February.  The ADA launched the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to reach out to their communities to provide oral health services to underserved children and raise awareness of the critical need for enhanced access to oral health care for children.  As in years past, Henry Schein Dental is serving as the program's exclusive professional product sponsor.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of children and adolescents living in poverty have untreated tooth decay.  It is the single most chronic childhood disease in this country, and while wholly preventable, tooth decay is on the rise among our youngest and poorest citizens.   In addition to the pain, difficulty eating, speaking and the excessive costs associated with emergency service that results from neglected oral health care, the CDC estimates that 51 million school hours are lost each year due to untreated tooth decay. 

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of dentists and dental team members, annual donations of dental supplies valued at more than $1 million from Henry Schein and its supplier partners, and the partnership of Colgate-Palmolive and DEXIS, Give Kids A Smile Day is now in its successful eleventh year.  As the ADA's signature access to care program, approximately 5 million children have received free oral ser
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