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ADA Foundation helping advance oral health, expand access to care

October 19, 2017

By Kelly Soderlund

Informational: ADA staff will hand out an ADA Foundation Impact Report at Booth 1919.
"Investing in better oral health for all. Together."

That's the message the ADA Foundation wants to share with the world. Staff members are available at the ADA Foundation booth to talk about the Foundation's vision and mission statement and answer any questions ADA 2017 attendees might have.

The ADA Foundation annually provides more than $2 million in grants, scholarships, awards and facilitated in-kind product donations to programs that are in alignment with the organization's efforts to advance oral health, expand access to dental care and drive game-changing research.

One of its premiere initiatives is the Give Kids A Smile program, where since 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. Volunteers provide these free services including, approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. Give Kids A Smile celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017.

It also supports the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The VRC works closely with industry to translate new technologies into clinical and over-the-counter products.

"The ADA Foundation is creating a brighter future for quality oral health care," said Dr. Bill Calnon, ADA Foundation president. "We hope to see ADA 2017 attendees in person during the meeting so we can share highlights of what we have accomplished together and some glimpses of where we are headed next."

The ADA Foundation also raises money every year to help dentists affected by disasters. The Emergency Disaster Grant Program can provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists who are victims of a disaster. The program covers emergency personal needs such as food, water, clothing and shelter, up to $2,000.

Donations are accepted through the ADA Foundation's "How to Help" page at, as well as during ADA 2017.

Thursday through Saturday, the ADA Foundation is located at Booth 1919 in the Exhibit Hall, near the ADA Member Center. Oct. Thursday through Sunday, the Foundation also has a booth at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marquis Level, Imperial Foyer, near the House of Delegates registration. On Friday and Monday during the House of Delegates meetings, the booth will be in the Georgia World Congress Center in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom Foyer. Those who make a donation will receive an ADA Foundation lapel pin.

For more information on ADA Foundation activities and programs, visit