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Young NASCAR fans receive free dental treatment and education

American Dental Association Give Kids A Smile, Henry Schein and 3M ESPE are accelerating oral health for underserved children. (DTI/Photo Give Kids A Smile)
Dental Tribune International

Dental Tribune International

Wed. 26 October 2011


CHARLOTTE, NC, USA: The American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program, Henry Schein Inc. and 3M ESPE are teaming up to put good oral health on the fast track for young fans of NASCAR. On Oct. 15, the team of three industry and professional sponsors hosted a dental health screening event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “Kid Zone” during the NASCAR Charlotte Race Weekend.

Volunteer dentists and other dental team members gave underserved children free dental evaluations, fluoride treatments and dental sealants at this unique event. Children received digital X-rays embedded in a wristband as their badge of honor for participating.

The event also served as an advance celebration of the national Give Kids A Smile program’s 10th anniversary in 2012. (Fans can follow Give Kids A Smile on Facebook at

The NASCAR Charlotte Race Weekend oral health care and treatment event followed a March 12 oral health care education event held during NASCAR SpeedFest, an annual appreciation day for NASCAR fans held at Charlotte Motor Speedway enjoyed by approximately 7,000 children.

At a tent hosted by the ADA, Henry Schein Cares, and 3M ESPE, oral health education was provided to participating children. Children received a “SpeedFest kit,” which included a card with oral health tips, a toothbrush, Colgate toothpaste, and Henry Schein dental floss.

“The special oral health screening event at NASCAR’s Charlotte Race Weekend underscores the deep commitment of the ADA, 3M ESPE, and Henry Schein to raising awareness of the importance of oral health education and screening for children,” said ADA President William R. Calnon, DDS. “Given that tooth decay is a leading childhood disease, and one that is easily preventable, we firmly believe that it is never too early to begin oral health education and screening.”

Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO for Henry Schein, added, “Our team of participating sponsors is focused on winning the race to increase access to oral health care for children. Great events like NASCAR’s Charlotte Race Weekend provide special opportunities to tell a new audience about the importance of oral health. The success of these events illustrates the power of the public-private partnership — the key to the success of Henry Schein Cares, our global social responsibility program. Together, we can make a powerful impact in improving access to care for underserved communities.”

In honor of this special oral health program, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle’s No. 16 3M car and uniform sported the Give Kids A Smile, 3M ESPE and Henry Schein Cares logos during the Charlotte Bank of America 500 Race.

“3M ESPE is proud to partner with these esteemed peers to provide dental care to children who may not otherwise receive this treatment,” said John Stefanick, director, industry & professional relations of 3M ESPE.

Give Kids A Smile is an ADA initiative where dentists and their dental teams provide free oral health care services to children from underserved communities across the country. Now in its ninth year, more than 12,000 dentists nationwide have provided free oral health care to almost 400,000 underserved children. A flagship program of Henry Schein Cares, Henry Schein Dental serves as the exclusive professional product sponsor for “Give Kids A Smile Day” in February. Steve Kess, Henry Schein’s vice president of global professional relations, serves as the chair for the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile National Advisory Committee.


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