Henry Schein and Supplier Partners Join the American Dental Association Foundation to Celebrate 13th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day
For the 13th consecutive year, Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, will play a central role in expanding access to oral health care for underserved children in the United States by sponsoring the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation's Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program, the largest oral health charitable event in the world.
Celebrated nationally on the first Friday of each February, GKAS Day is the result of a public-private partnership between the ADA, ADA Foundation, Henry Schein, Colgate-Palmolive and DEXIS. The program was launched in 2003 by the ADA to help raise awareness of the critical need to expand access to oral health care for children in the U.S. As the official professional products sponsor since the program's inception, Henry Schein, together with its valued supplier partners, has donated more than $13 million in oral health care products used to provide free oral health services for nearly five million children.
This year, nearly 350,000 underserved children will receive free oral health screenings, education and treatment at nearly 1,500 locations across the country. Care will be delivered by nearly 40,000 dental team volunteers, including 10,000 dentists, using supplies from 3,000 kits of essential oral health care products donated by Henry Schein and 29 of the Company's suppliers.
"Henry Schein is proud to continue our steadfast support of Give Kids A Smile through our global social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, working with our valued supplier partners, volunteer oral health care professionals and the American Dental Association Foundation," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. "With more than half of Americans suffering from periodontal disease and the widely recognized integral link between oral health and overall health, a lifetime of good oral health is vitally important. We remain deeply committed to working with the ADA to lead this nationwide initiative to expand access to oral health care for underserved children and set them on the trajectory for a lifetime of good oral health."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental caries, the disease that causes cavities, is the most prevalent infectious disease in children in the U.S., affecting more than 40 percent of infants and preschoolers by the time they reach kindergarten and about half of all children from lower-income families. In addition, a study published by The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), the ADA's flagship scientific publication on dentistry, indicates that, while dental caries is a multifactorial disease with many behavioral and community determinants, children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds have a higher average incidence of tooth decay.
"The ADA is deeply grateful for Henry Schein's and its suppliers' long-standing partnership and important contributions to Give Kids A Smile," said Maxine Feinberg, D.D.S., President of the American Dental Association. "Their support has helped enhance access to oral health care for millions of children, underscoring the power of Give Kids A Smile to bring healthy, happy smiles to many children's faces."
Henry Schein supplier partners supporting the 2015 Give Kids A Smile program through product donations include: 3M ESPE, Axis/SybronEndo, Centrix, Coltene/Whaledent Inc.,Crosstex International, DASH Medical, DENTSPLY Professional, DMG America, Dukal Corporation, DUX Dental, GC America, Hu-Friedy, Kerr Corporation, Kerr TotalCare,Kimberly-Clark Healthcare, Medicom, Microflex Corporation, Miltex, PDI, Premier Dental Products, Richmond Dental, Sempermed USA, Septodont, Southern Dental, Sultan Healthcare, TIDI Products, Tuttnauer, Water Pik and Young Dental.