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Smile Champion Awards recognize Give Kids A Smile supporters

September 26, 2016
The executive director of a local dental society in Oregon and 3M are the 2016 recipients of the Smile Champion award, the ADA Foundation announced in September.

The Smile Champion awards recognize outstanding volunteer and corporate efforts that strengthen and expand the Give Kids A Smile program.

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Ms. Mattsen
Lora Mattsen, executive director, Oregon’s Multnomah Dental Society, is the recipient of the Jeffrey Dalin, D.D.S. Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award. 3M is the recipient of the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award.

The awards presentation will take place during the ADA Foundation Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Recognition Reception Oct. 20 during ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting in Denver.

Ms. Mattsen has been involved with GKAS for 13 years, she said. Her local GKAS program, which takes place at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Dentistry, as well as other locations throughout Multnomah County, annually provides education, screening and treatment services to hundreds of underserved children.

“I’ve made it my little baby,” said Ms. Mattsen. “I have a passion for little kids.”

The importance of GKAS is compounded by the fact that Portland, which is the seat of Multnomah County, does not have fluoridated water, she said, along with the majority of the county.

Ms. Mattsen’s GKAS program includes pre-screening of children and the use of a mobile dental van before the GKAS program kicks off, so that any treatment that can be provided is done on the day of the GKAS event.

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to help provide so many children with the dental care and oral health education they are in need of,” said Ms. Mattsen. “It warms my heart to have so many volunteers come together every year to serve the children and families in our community through Give Kids A Smile.”

The 3M company has supported screening, education and awareness events from 2011-15 through the GKAS NASCAR Oral Health Education Program. In 2016, 3M has agreed to support the GKAS program via the donation of 3,000 introductory sealant kits, which will be included in the GKAS professional product kits that are sent to events across the U.S. This donation will result in an estimated 420,000 sealants being placed on the teeth of underserved children through GKAS.

"In our collaboration with oral health care professionals around the world, we see the importance that our customers place on giving back to their communities, and it is one we share wholeheartedly,” said John Tobin, director of U.S. Sales and Marketing for 3M Oral Care, in a news release. “We have been very proud to partner with the ADA, ADA Foundation and Give Kids A Smile to help kids keep healthy smiles for life.”

To learn more about this and other ADA Foundation programs visit