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AADA offers Senior Smiles kits

Applications for the 2008 Senior Smiles grant program are now available from the Alliance of the American Dental Association's Web site.

May 15 is the deadline for receipt of applications.

AADA conducts the Senior Smiles national oral health awareness campaign in partnership with Henry Schein Dental and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

Grant recipients will receive a number of kits containing oral health products. Applicants must request a minimum of 100 kits. There are no limits to the maximum number of kits that can be requested. Recipients will also receive materials to help publicize their Senior Smiles programs as well as educational materials from the ADA's OralLongevity program.

These grants are open to all dentists and other dental team professionals who conduct educational programs in their communities. Grant applications that clearly demonstrate collaboration between an AADA member and a dental health professional will be given priority.

The mission of the Senior Smiles campaign is to educate seniors on the importance of good oral health and to raise awareness within the community of the oral health needs of seniors. This is the third year of the program.

AADA, developer of the Senior Smiles program, represents more than 6,000 American Dental Association member spouses committed to supporting the ADA through public oral health education, legislative advocacy and the well-being of the dental family.

Henry Schein Dental and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare are the sponsors of Senior Smiles and exclusive providers of the oral health care products and educational materials.