Henry Schein Inc, Melville, NY, has partnered with the ADA, Colgate-Palmolive Co, and DEXIS® for the seventh consecutive year to support [removed]Give Kids A Smile[/removed], a program that provides free dental services and educational programs for nearly 500,000 underserved children at approximately 1,700 locations across the United States. More than 44,000 dental team volunteers participate in events including in-school brushing demonstrations, community screening and treatment programs, and free private dental care.
Henry Schein Dental serves as the exclusive professional product sponsor of Give Kids A Smile Day. With the commitment and support of 38 supplier partners, Henry Schein provided 3,000 oral health care screening and prevention kits to the program, each kit containing supplies to serve 50 children.
“Team Schein members take tremendous pride in the impact that the Give Kids A Smile program has on children’s lives every year,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO for Henry Schein. “As a flagship program of Henry Schein Cares, our global social responsibility program, Give Kids A Smile is exemplary of the power of public-private partnerships."
Due to the success of Give Kids A Smile Day, the ADA has expanded the 1-day initiative into a year-round effort to increase access to dental care for underserved children. A National Advisory Board was formed to further develop the program. Steve Kess, Henry Schein’s vice president of global professional relations, serves as chair of the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile national advisory board.