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GKAS/NASCAR event puts Virginia kids on fast track for dental screening, education

May 07, 2012
GKAS on track: NASCAR’s Greg Biffle (second from right) greets 3- and 4-year-olds from St. Peters Day Care with help from (back row, from left) ADA President-elect Robert A. Faiella, the Tooth Fairy (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry student Margaret Snellings), Bobbie Anderson and Robbie Schureman, both of Henry Schein Inc.
Inside the tent: Rossalin Garcia, left, a kindergarten student from Laburnum Elementary, wears the sunglasses from her goody-filled GKAS backpack as she receives a dental screening.
Inside the tent: Dr. Robert A. Faiella, ADA president-elect, chats with NASCAR star Greg Biffle as they wait for children to arrive for the GKAS event April 27 at the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. More than 200 children received dental screenings, fluoride treatments, dental health education and backpacks stuffed with a T-shirt, toothbrush and sunglasses. Kids were also treated to pit tours, face painting and other fun activities at the track.
Ready to roll: Dr. Jeff Dalin, left, GKAS co-founder and clinical director, and John Stefanick, director of industry and professional relations for 3M ESPE, get ready to greet children at the Richmond International Raceway. Henry Schein Inc., the ADA Foundation and 3M ESPE teamed up to present the screening and education program April 27, with help from about 60 volunteers. Greg Biffle’s No. 16 3M Ford Fusion sported GKAS colors for the Richmond 400 race on April 28.
Newbies: Youngsters from Laburnum Elementary School show off their smiles with the ADA’s Dr. Faiella following their dental screenings. It was the first dental visit for all five children.