Archive for the ‘Give Kids a Smile’ Tag

Give Kids a Smile Coming Close to Home

Give Kids a Smile children

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Thousands of children in Minnesota face barriers to obtaining oral health care across the state. It isn’t only a problem in the Midwest; it is a problem that affects the nation as a whole.

I’ve discussed the amazing generosity of Give Kids a Smile in other parts of the country, but now that kindness is returning home to Minnesota for the 11th consecutive year, February 1-2.

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Give Kids A Smile Race Weekend Recap and off to CDA Presents

Greg Biffle with Children at Give Kids A Smile 2012

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We have a lot to smile about after this past weekend. 3M ESPE, along with our partners the American Dental Association (ADA), Henry Schein, Inc. and the ADA Foundation had a great few days at the Give Kids A Smile event in Richmond, Va.

We were able to help hundreds of underserved children with free dental health screenings at the 58th Annual Richmond 400 during NASCAR weekend. With the help of NASCAR star Greg Biffle we’ve helped share the importance of routine oral care with many more on and off the track.

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Give Kids A Smile Kick Off with NASCAR Star Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle at racetrack with Give Kids A Smile Crew

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Last week was the grand kick-off event for the 10th anniversary of the “Give Kids A Smile®” program with more than 500 students at Lake Norman Elementary in Mooresville, NC.

The American Dental Association (ADA), Henry Schein, Inc., the ADA Foundation and 3M ESPE teamed up with Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M racecar, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series once again this year to help make healthy oral-habits routine for children.

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What do dentistry and car racing have in common?

3M ESPE recently teamed up with Henry Schein and the ADA’s Give Kids a Smile on an initiative to bring dental education to children at NASCAR events. The program distributed 7,000 free oral health kits at a family day event at the Charlotte, NC racetrack on March 12. We understand that most people probably aren’t thinking about dental care when they attend a sporting event, but in this case that’s precisely the point. NASCAR is the number one spectator sport in the US, and thousands of kids are in attendance at these races with their families. Events like this are an excellent opportunity to connect with kids in a fun way, and we’re glad to help educate them about dental care in this atmosphere. The highlight of this season’s initiative is yet to come—on October 15, the program will offer children free dental evaluations, fluoride treatments and dental sealants at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Give Kids a Smile program is in its ninth year now, and more than 400,000 underserved children have received free oral health care from more than 12,000 dentists nationwide. 3M ESPE is proud to be a part of this ongoing work.