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GKAS goes full tilt in Charlotte

3M ESPE Dental, Henry Schein Cares team up for NASCAR events

Charlotte, N.C.—Gearing up to host a unique Give Kids A Smile event this fall, 3M ESPE Dental and Henry Schein Cares and nearly two dozen volunteer dental professionals reached out to some 7,000 children March 12 at a NASCAR event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Image: Deborah A. Krueger hands out oral health education materials at Charlotte Motor Speedway March 12
Education time: Deborah A. Krueger, dental hygienist, North Carolina Public Health Oral Health Section, hands out oral health education materials at Charlotte Motor Speedway March 12.

Children at the SpeedFest fan appreciation day received oral health education and free oral health kits containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a card with oral health care tips, courtesy of 3M ESPE and Henry Schein Cares.

“We salute 3M ESPE Dental and Henry Schein Cares for their commitment to educating children about oral health,” said Dr. Ray Gist, president of the American Dental Association. “Tooth decay is one of the most prominent childhood illnesses, and education about oral health should start at a young age.”

“In addition to educating children at SpeedFest, we are looking forward to October when we will help volunteer dentists treat children from low-income families,” said John Stefanick, director, Industry and Professional Relations, 3M ESPE Dental, the manufacturer and marketer of more than 2,000 dental products. “We will literally give a smile to thousands of children from Charlotte and surrounding areas.”

On Oct. 15, volunteer dentists will provide free dental evaluations, fluoride treatments and dental sealants to underserved children at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Kid Zone. Organizers 3M ESPE Dental and Henry Schein Cares will sponsor a tent for volunteer dentists and other dental team volunteers to provide the free services and educate children about good oral health habits.

During the Oct. 15 race, NASCAR fans can cheer on driver No. 16 Greg Biffle, whose 3M car and uniform also will sport the logos of Give Kids A Smile, 3M and Henry Schein Cares.

“Henry Schein Cares is committed to improving oral care for underserved children, and NASCAR events provide a wonderful opportunity to reach out,” said Tim Sullivan, president, Henry Schein Dental. “It is essential to provide proper oral health care to children, and we are pleased to partner with the ADA and 3M ESPE as we capitalize on the popularity of NASCAR to address this goal.”

Through the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program now in its ninth year, more than 12,000 dentists nationwide are expected to provide free oral health care to almost 400,000 underserved children as the ADA continues to advocate for long-term health care policy solutions. For more information on GKAS, log on to ADA.org and click on the Give Kids A Smile link.

Image: A prototype of a NASCAR racing vehicle at the Charlotte Motor Speedway sports the logos of Give Kids A Smile, Henry Schein Cares and 3M
A prototype of a NASCAR racing vehicle at the Charlotte Motor Speedway sports the logos of Give Kids A Smile, Henry Schein Cares and 3M. Greg Biffle’s No. 16 car will feature the logos for a race Oct. 15.