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Give Kids A Smile: Helping Children Fight Tooth Decay

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Give Kids A Smile: Helping Children Fight Tooth Decay

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Give Kids A Smile as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Children who suffer from improper dental care not only suffer from tooth decay, but studies have shown that children have more school absences, lower self-esteem, and tend to pay less attention in school.

Dental care for children is extremely important. I know as a parent, with two young children, getting them to properly brush their teeth twice a day is hard work. Instilling proper dental hygiene is hard for anyone to teach toddlers. Imagine if you are a family who cannot afford dental insurance and proper dental care for their children.

Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious diseased among children ages 2 to 11 years old in the United States. This is a huge issue in our society and Give Kids A Smile is there to to do something about it.

Photo Credit: Give Kids A Smile Day, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Davie, Fla., February 5, 2016. Photo credit: ADA Foundation.

Give Kids A Smile is a national grassroots program full of volunteer dental professionals working together. In 2002, in St. Louis, Missouri, a group of dentists came together for one day to treat about 400 children suffering from tooth decay. They set-up 15 patient chairs and provided FREE dental care. When the American Dental Association caught wind of what these amazing dentists were doing, they decided to launch a national program. helping children all over the United States. This year they are celebrating 15 years!

Today, Give Kids A Smile is the largest children’s oral health charitable program in the United States. They have reached more than 5.5 million children in need since their very first event in 2002. How amazing is that?! Each year, more then 1,300 Give Kids A Smile events take place across the United States and more than 500,000 volunteers volunteer their time and resources to make sure these children receive the proper dental care they need.

Are you interested in helping Give Kids A Smile in this movement? Find out how you can help here! One easy way to help families is by sharing healthy dental tips. Here is a great resource to pass along!

Are you a family who could benefit from the services of Give Kids A Smile? Click here!

“Like” Give Kids A Smile Facebook page to learn more about the awesome work they are doing.

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Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

(1) Comment

  1. says:

    Erin, thanks so much for sharing this important message. Parents and caregivers can find lots of great oral health tips at and, which provide trusted dental health information from the American Dental Association.

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