Premier Dental Donates $2 Million to Give Kids a Smile

05 Feb 2016
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Volunteers at AT Still University provide free dental care as part of the school’s Give Kids a Smile event on January 22, 2016. Volunteers at AT Still University provide free dental care as part of the school’s Give Kids a Smile event on January 22, 2016.

Premier Dental Products Company has donated 220,000 applications of its Enamel Pro Varnish and other dental products to this year’s ADA Foundation Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program, marking more than $2 million in support over the past 13 years.

“This milestone underscores Premier’s commitment to supporting the volunteer oral health professionals who give so much of their time and talent to delivering quality oral health to underserved children as part of the GKAS program,” said Julie Charlestein, president of Premier Dental Products Company.

This year, 300,000 underserved children will receive free oral health screenings, education, and treatment at 1,500 locations across the country through GKAS, with many events scheduled for today and tomorrow. More than 40,000 dental team volunteers, including more than 10,000 dentists, will be participating.

Since the program’s launch in 2003, the company has worked closely with Henry Schein Inc. to provide the program with the products it needs to expand access to oral healthcare for children in the United States. Henry Schein also has been the official professional products sponsor of GKAS since the program’s beginning.

“Thank you to Premier for your steadfast support of the GKAS program since the very beginning and for sharing Henry Schein’s commitment to expanding access to care for those in need,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein.

Together with its supplier partners, Henry Schein has donated more than $14 million in oral healthcare products used to provide free oral health services for the more than 5 million children who have taken part in GKAS since its inception.

“With support from Premier, Henry Schein, and our other partners in the private industry, the GKAS program does more than provide screenings and education,” said Dr. Reneida Reyes, president of the ADA Foundation. “It sets these children on the path to a lifetime of good overall health.”

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