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Generous sponsors help GKAS thrive

February 04, 2013

By Stacie Crozier


Since 2003, the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program has reached some 4.5 million children thanks in part to the program’s generous sponsors.


“Give Kids A Smile would not be possible without the generous support of our corporate sponsors, who have provided millions of dollars worth of products and services,” said Dr. Robert A. Faiella, ADA president. “We appreciate the dedicated support of Henry Schein Dental, Colgate and DEXIS. These companies have provided thousands of local GKAS events with millions of dollars worth of professional and consumer dental products as well as use of state-of-the-art digital X-ray systems for large programs.”

Henry Schein Dental is the exclusive professional product sponsor of Give Kids A Smile Day. Over the past decade, Henry Schein and its supplier partners have donated products and services valued at more than $11 million to the program. Schein’s kits include gloves, patient bibs and bib holders, masks, plastic cups, tongue depressors, gauze pads, dental floss, prophy angles, prophy paste, fluoride varnish and chair sleeves.

A total of 29 companies contribute products for the professional products kits, including:


• Acteon

• Ansell Healthcare

• Biotrol

• Centrix

• Coltene/Whaledent Inc.

• Crosstex International

• Denticator

• Dentsply Professional

• DMG America

• Dukal Corporation

• DUX Dental

• GC America

• Hu-Friedy

• Integra Miltex

• Kerr Corporation

• Kimberly-Clark Healthcare

• Medicom

• Microflex Corporation


• Premier Dental Products

• Richmond Dental

• Sempermed USA

• Septodont

• Sultan Healthcare

• TIDI Products

• Tuttnauer

• Waterpik Technologies

• Young Dental

• Zirc

Since 2007, Colgate has served as the exclusive consumer product sponsor of Give Kids A Smile Day, donating $800,000 annually in toothbrushes and toothpaste for events across the United States.

For the past decade, DEXIS has generously donated $1 million annually in X-ray systems and staff expertise during Give Kids A Smile events.

At press time, 1,728 programs had registered their events with the ADA. More than 400,000 children will be served by close to 10,000 dentists and nearly 32,000 other volunteers.

For details on Give Kids A Smile’s sponsors, history and more, visit Give Kids A Smile.


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