This post was sponsored by Give Kids A Smile as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Tooth Decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S. and it affects 42% of children aged 2 to 11 years old, almost 50 percent of the minority, undeserved and Medicaid recipients suffer from untreated cavities.  Even with the availability of medicaid and improvements in coverage under the Affordable Care Act, that just isn’t enough.  When I was younger my mom always made sure I brushed my teeth 2 – 3 times a day among other ways we took care of our teeth but there is only so much that can be done at home.

With my little ones, I make brushing time fun, we have our brush time song (It’s time to brush) and I try and limit the amount of candy and sugary things they consume to try and prevent cavities but my son recently just had his first two fillings and he is only 6, no matter what preventive measures are taken, cavities and other tooth problems do happen.   Over half of the children who enter kindergarten have some sort of tooth decay and untreated tooth decay can lead to absences, low self esteem and make it hard for children to pay attention in school.

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Give Kids A Smile is an amazing children’s oral health charitable program and it’s huge, it’s the largest in the US. Over the course of 15 years, over half a million volunteers including dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and many other healthcare professionals have come together and given their many talents to provide oral health services to kids who aren’t receiving them and I think that’s amazing!  Not only do they provide health services but they have given there time to help with oral health education, screening, preventive care and more.

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Give Kids  A Smile began in 2002 with a small group of dentists and today they have reached over 5.5 million children in need since they first begun.  They have had over 500,000 volunteers including almost 140,000 dentists in their program at thousands of sites nationwide.  Kids who attend a Give Kids A Smile program all receive free oral health services including screening, treatment and more from the volunteers.

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It’s important to do the following:

  • Make sure you kids and the kids around you to brush their teeth twice every day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss once per day
  • Eat Healthy
  • Visit a dentist once every year
  • Learn More about Dental Health

 

ADAF_GKAS_15thAnn_Logo_for_web_or_screenGive Kids A Smile volunteers are kicking off another year of events and celebrating the programs 15th anniversary, don’t forget to thank a dentist for volunteering to help kids in need! There is so much more that needs to be done to help alleviate the silent epidemic of tooth decay and to create awareness about the future of children’s oral health and you can help too!

Click Here to find out more about Give Kids A Smile, you can find dental care in your area and a list of resources, you can also call 1-844-490-GKAS (4527) for more information and locations.  Click Here to stay connected and updated with Give Kids A Smile on Facebook!