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Thank you to GKAS sponsors

February 20, 2012

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

Give Kids A Smile is successful because of the thousands of dentists and dental team members who volunteer their time each year. But it wouldn’t even be possible without the support of corporate sponsors Henry Schein Inc., DEXIS and Colgate.

Henry Schein Dental, the U.S. dental division of Henry Schein Inc., partnered with 29 supplier companies to support oral health screenings for more than 400,000 children nationwide. The company donated 3,000 screening and prevention kits this year, valued at about $1 million. The kits include gloves, bibs, bib holders, face masks, plastic cups, gauze pads, prophy angles, prophy paste, fluoride foam, unit dose varnish, fluoride trays, chair sleeves and tongue depressors.

“Each year, we marvel at the commitment and dedication of every segment of the dental community in this quintessential example of the power of public-private partnership,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and chief executive officer of Henry Schein Inc. “With this year’s Give Kids A Smile events around the country, we once again underscore the seriousness of the silent epidemic of cavities in children and the importance of proper oral health to prevent oral disease in at-risk children. Together we can help ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program fulfill its mission of eliminating cavities in U.S. 5-year-olds by 2020.”

Every kit also includes 50 toothbrushes and toothpastes, donated by Colgate. Colgate provided supplies for 300,000 kits and brochures, worth about $650,000, said Claire He, brand manager for U.S. oral care at Colgate-Palmolive Co.

DEXIS deployed at least 20 digital X-ray equipment systems across the country to assist volunteers with local programs, said Candy B. Ross, ADA GKAS Advisory Committee member and director of industry and professional relations for DEXIS, which has supported the program since 2003.

“As a founding sponsor of GKAS, DEXIS believes that we are helping the dental community deliver much needed services as well as raising awareness of the issues of access to care,” Ms. Ross said. “We want to help the kids that cannot help themselves and eliminate lost school days of pain that simple dental procedures can rectify.”