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American Dental Association President Dr. Chad Gehani, center, and Henry Schein executives are on hand for the opening of Nasdaq on Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, in New York City. The occasion was the 18th anniversary of Give Kids A Smile, ADA initiative that provides free oral health care and education to underserved children across the country. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen/Dental Tribune America)

ADA and Henry Schein celebrate Give Kids A Smile at Nasdaq opening

By Fred Michmershuizen / DTA
February 06, 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: There were smiles all around Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, for the opening of Nasdaq. To help mark the 18th anniversary of Give Kids A Smile, Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein Inc., was joined by American Dental Association President Dr. Chad Gehani to ring the bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.

Viewers were able to watch the 9:30 a.m. bell-ringing ceremony on live TV, as well as during a livestream on the Henry Schein Facebook page, www.facebook.com/henryschein.

Give Kids A Smile is an ADA initiative that provides free oral health care and education to underserved children across the country. Henry Schein is a longtime corporate sponsor of the initiative and was instrumental in the program’s inception almost two decades ago.

Since 2003, Henry Schein has joined its supplier partners to donate more than $18 million in oral health care products to support Give Kids A Smile, according to a company press release issued by Business Wire. The company’s donations support the thousands of dental professionals who volunteer their time and who have provided free oral health services and education to more than 6 million underserved children, the press release said.

“We at Team Schein are pleased to join our Give Kids A Smile partners to ring the Nasdaq opening bell and shine a light on the importance of good oral health for all children,” Bergman said. “All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve access to quality dental care and oral health education. It is rewarding to see the impact this program has made in the last 18 years, and through partnership and collaboration, we believe its best years are yet to come.”

Give Kids A Smile is the result of a public-private partnership between the ADA, Henry Schein and Colgate-Palmolive. It is celebrated nationally on the first Friday of each February, with many other events taking place year-round.

This year to date, nearly 1,400 events are scheduled to take place throughout the country. Coordinators estimate that more than 330,000 needy children will receive free oral health screenings, education and treatment, according to Henry Schein. Care will be delivered by more than 32,000 dental team volunteers, including approximately 6,500 dentists, using supplies from 2,500 kits of essential oral health care products donated by Henry Schein and its supplier partners, the company said.

“Because of Henry Schein’s generosity over the years, millions of children have received the oral health services they need through Give Kids A Smile,” Gehani said. “The ADA is grateful to Henry Schein for its enduring support and commitment as we work to set children on the path to healthier lives, one smile at a time.”

Henry Schein’s supplier partners that are supporting the 2020 Give Kids A Smile program through product donations include 3M, Ansell, Centrix, Colgate, Coltene, Crosstex, DASH Medical, Dentsply Sirona, DMG America, DUKAL Corp., Medicom, Microflex, Premier, Sempermed, Septodont, SS White, Sunstar, TIDI Products, Tuttnauer USA, Young Dental and Zirc.

(Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

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