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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted by dentalinsider on February 7, 2008

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Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Whether you’re a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom and coloring and activity sheets that can be used as handouts. We also have booklets, videos and other materials available for purchase through our ADA Catalog.

Give Kids A Smile®

The Give Kids A Smile® name was first used by the Greater St. Louis Dental Society and a group of dentists who set up a temporary full-service clinic that treated nearly 400 children over two days in February 2002.

Since then the program has grown enormously, and in 2007 resulted in treatment of over 758,000 children. Events took place at approximately 2,250 locations across the nation, with over 39,000 dental team volunteers and 14,400 dentists, providing free services to underserved children. Visit the Sponsors & Products page for information regarding our 2008 sponsors, Henry Schein Dental, Colgate-Palmolive Co., and Dexis® Digital X ray.



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5 Responses to “February is National Children’s Dental Health Month”

  1. Schein’s not the feel good company that they want you to believe with give kida a smile. They are running around slicing checks to Dr’s and group practices for $10K each as a “signing bonus”. I think the SEC needs to look into this as it violates the Sarbanes-Oxley act of 2002. These people will do just about anything or anyone to get business.


  2. Dental Guy said

    Hmmm, a new DG? I guess you can copy my name since I too have issues with Give Kids A Smile. The ADA plasters their name all over it, but Schein runs the show.

    Numerous manufacturers are tired of having to donate so much free product for the GKAS events.

  3. Professional said

    I volunteer my time for GKAS and the satisfaction of taking care of a certain economic portion of the US for one day is a good thing. If donations cant happen we cannot provide the level of dentistry that we do. If a manufacture cannot donate, then don’t. When you operate a business in manufacturing with profit margins well over 55% I am sure one day wont break the bank. In regards to this check cutting, you sound bitter. I did commit to a dealer (not Schein) and I did get an incentive and when I put this out there every supplier in my area had almost the same thing. It is all about relationships and I chose the one whom takes care of me.

  4. Dental Guy said

    GKAS does several important things, and I applaud you for taking the inititative to participate in the provision of free services for children in need of dental care.

    My major problem with GKAS is that it ties up an incredible amount of resources for a one day event. Instead consistently working to address the unmet needs of children, dental associations and their staff spend months preparing for this day. Many non-profits like the United Way (in some cities and towns) have to contract buses to bring kids to the service site just so the ADA can have a big photo-op with kids getting care.

    If you ever attend a strategy session for GKAS, you will hear the ADA representives and members say that “it’s important for the ADA to promote GKAS and show the public that we are working to make differnce in children’s oral health.” ADA members will then go on to say that “GKAS is very important becuase we don’t want the Government to get invovled with dentists in the same way that the Government has involved itself with physicans and medicine.”

    So, GKAS is supposed to highlight the need for dental coverage of children, but ADA members don’t want the govenment to develop solutions for improving access to care.

    It’s honorable that GKAS is being expanded to “more than just a day,” but I question the logic of this if the goal is to just provide more free care to chidren instead of working to address comprehensive healthcare reform that will make access to dental care affordable for children and adults.

  5. AssociateQ said

    Dental Guy you took your hammer and hit the nail square on the head.

    I do have a question that somewhat relates to this topic. How is it that the ADA has managed to fly so far under the radar as to keep the Government, lawyers and the media out as long as they have?

    It just seems to me that when I go to my family doctor he is always having some kind of trouble. Whether it is the cost of malpractice insurance or the regulatory nonsense they make him jump through, it always seems he is having troubles. He is a very good doctor, practiced for many years and cares about his patients.

    For instance, say I make an appointment for a sinus infection. When I get there I also realize that I have a bump on my skin I want him to look at. Well they will make me schedule another appointment for that. Now I never understood this until I asked and he told me that the way it is with insurance companies he only gets paid X amount for the visit. Whether I took up 20 minutes or 2 hours of his time.

    I can’t say I disagree with this either. I mean the guy has to pay the bills. It would be kind of like a customer saying, “Well since your shipping me that, why don’t you go ahead and send me these three other things and not charge me for them.” I mean if you go to the dentist to get a cavity filled they are not going to do and endo for the same price just because you are there.

    Is it simply that health insurance does not cover dental like it does medical. Plus, dental is way more of a cash business?

    I just don’t understand why dental care is never really brought up in the mainstream media. But the more and more you see people pushing this “Dental care is linked to the care of your entire body”, I think you will see more and more of dental come to the surface. The good and the bad.

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