The ADA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Give Kids A Smile program, which has provided free oral healthcare education and services to more than 7 million underserved children in the U.S.
Approximately $20 million in oral care products has also been donated by supplier partners, the ADA said. Nearly 1,000 program events are scheduled to take place throughout the U.S. this year, and about 300,000 underserved children will receive free oral health education, as well as preventive and restorative services.
More than 20,000 dental team volunteers, including about 5,000 dentists, will provide these services. Suppliers such as Henry Schein and Colgate-Palmolive will donate 3,200 kits of essential oral healthcare products.