In 2004, Trident provided funding to launch SAA and provide oral disease prevention services for children who are uninsured and underserved due to issues of poverty lack of resources, transportation barriers, low literacy, and language diversity. Their debut initiative supported the Chicago Department of Health’s dental program, which provides dental care to over 100,000 students in Chicago Public Schools. Trident Sugar Free Gum continues to be a major supporter of SAA as part of an ongoing commitment to help fight cavities in America’s youth. “We are honored to celebrate a decade of bringing needed oral health care and education to children in school-based and school-linked settings through SAA,” said OHA President and CEO Beth Truett. “Working with phenomenal partners in cities across the U.S., OHA is changing the game for at-risk kids who suffer from the number one disease of childhood tooth decay. Dedicated donors have supported us in impacting the lives of over 400,000 children annually helping them to learn without pain, improve their self-esteem, and spread their healthy smiles across America.” Throughout the year, OHA will co-host events across the country and highlight the founding SAA partners–Chicago Department of Public Health, Children’s Dental Services of Minneapolis, New York University College of Dentistry-Pediatric Dentistry, Santa Barbara-Ventura Counties Dental Care Foundation, and West Virginia University. The anniversary festivities will culminate with a celebration held in Chicago, which is home to both the first SAA partner and OHA’s national headquarters.
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Henry Schein And Supplier Partners Join American Dental Association To Celebrate 12th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day
Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to Give Kids A Smile’s mission of oral disease prevention in children. The importance of this message remains as crucial today as it ever has been, even as new U.S. health care regulations begin to address gaps in the provision of pediatric oral health care, particularly for the young and the poor. We must seize on this momentum to address the significant barriers to accessing critical oral care that still remain.” This year, Henry Schein and 26 supplier partners provided 3,000 oral health care screening and prevention kits to the program, each containing supplies to serve 50 children.
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