ADA American Dental Association
April 2013
ADA Making a Difference

600,000 to Receive Education Through GKAS/NASCAR Events

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Nearly 900 students at Troth Street Elementary School in California participated in an interactive oral health program on March 21. The program showcased the Ad Council oral health message to brush for two minutes two times a day at that encourages flossing, visiting the dentist and making smart food choices. The event was the second of 11 Give Kids A Smile oral health education weekends in connection with NASCAR. In 2013, an expected 600,000 individuals will receive oral health education through this partnership effort. Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M race car, is an ambassador for Give Kids A Smile. The GKAS/NASCAR collaboration is sponsored by the ADA and ADA Foundation, Henry Schein Cares, and 3M ESPE Dental. The event also marked the ADA's participation in World Oral Health Day, held annually on March 20.

International Activities
Share Expertise by Volunteering Internationally

image: International Dental Volunteer OrganizationsAlways wanted to share your expertise to help people in other countries gain access to oral healthcare? The ADA offers the resources to learn how. The International Volunteer website offers listings of more than 125 volunteer programs around the world and has been updated with trips scheduled throughout 2013. Opportunities and length of assignment vary, but include providing treatment, patient education, and teaching at dental schools. The website also provides all of the information and tools you'll need to get started and what to expect during the trip.

World Oral Health Day Celebrated

image: World Oral Health Day Celebrated in Times SquareSponsors and supporters of the FDI World Dental Federation's World Oral Health Day launched the U.S. observance by opening the NASDAQ stock market in Times Square on Wednesday, March 20. The event was an opportunity to bring attention to the role that good oral health hygiene plays in good overall health. Representatives from the ADA joined representatives from FDI and Henry Schein to share this important message, which was broadcast live on MSNBC. Around the world, FDI member dental associations, schools, companies and other groups celebrated the day with events organized under the single, unifying message. The American Dental Association is a member of the FDI, which comprises nearly 200 national dental associations representing 1 million dentists worldwide.

New ADA/HVO Oral Health Initiative Program Seeks Volunteers.

ADA members are invited to participate in a new ADA/Health Volunteers Overseas program in Kenya. The ADA sponsors the ten HVO dentistry programs on four continents.

Partnering with the School of Dental Sciences at the University of Nairobi and the PCEA Kikuyu Mission Hospital, HVO volunteers will provide clinical and didactic training to 11 oral and maxillofacial surgery undergraduate students currently enrolled in the four-year Master of Science program at the School of Dental Sciences. Volunteers will also provide training to two community dental officers and the graduate oral and maxillofacial registrars, who will rotate through PCEA Kikuyu Mission Hospital. For more information contact Health Volunteers Overseas at 202-296-0928 or visit

Give Kids A Smile
Thousands Benefit on Give Kids A Smile Day

Celebrating its 11th year, the ADA was scheduled to hold its national Give Kids A Smile Day kick-off event in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at the Smile Kentucky! program. Nearly 300 underserved children from area schools were scheduled to receive comprehensive free oral health care from 40 dentists, 200 dental students and 100 other community members at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry but due to a winter storm the event had to be postponed. This has never happened in Smile Kentucky's 10 year history. Organizers quickly regrouped and rescheduled all of the children for treatment on future days. On Jan. 31, ADA President Dr. Robert Faiella participated in a reception to highlight the continued success of Smile Kentucky! In the past decade, Smile Kentucky! volunteers have provided: 130,000 elementary school children in 12 counties with dental education, 39,000 with dental screenings at school, and 3,000 children have received free treatment valued at more than $1 million.

Nationwide, dentist and dental team members, students and volunteers gave their time to screen, clean and treat children of all ages on Give Kids A Smile Day. Nearly 1800 programs signed up for Give Kids A Smile, aiming to provide services to 405,000 underserved children. Although Give Kids A Smile is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February, programs take place throughout the year.

Making A Difference

Making A Difference is sent quarterly to all U.S. ADA members and highlights how ADA members are making a difference in the lives of people in the U.S. and internationally through numerous ADA programs. The international activities of the ADA are coordinated through the Division of Global Affairs, helping ADA members to improve the quality of health care worldwide and linking members to events, organizations and activities around the world. Under the Corporate Relations & Strategic Marketing Alliances Division of the ADA, the Give Kids A Smile program enables ADA members to join with others in the community to provide year-round dental services to underserved children.

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