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GKAS off to the races at Annual Session

Las Vegas—They started a race Oct. 10 to new beginnings for Give Kids A Smile, Las Vegas to Charlotte, N.C., in 72 hours flat.

It was off to the races at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center with a media breakfast where industry and professional GKAS representatives looked down the road three days to NASCAR events with an oral health overlay. (See Give Kids A Smile hits the fast track at NASCAR event.)

Hours later, Dustin Olenslager took his family, Abraham, 7, Nellie, 4, Rigdon, 5, and Taggart, 2, through the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental van for the Southern Nevada Dental Society’s GKAS screening on the Annual Session exhibit floor and emerged saying, “It’s good just knowing their teeth are healthy because we brush them regularly.”

“Today, I’m actually seeing fairly good dental health and families coming in together,” said Dr. Lydia Wyatt, a local volunteer for the screening event. Another volunteer, Dr. Leslie Grant of Baltimore, a past president of the National Dental Association, reported seeing children 7 and older “who have not been to the dentist before. It’s the very beginning for them.”

Families with children in the Clark County Public Schools’ home school program learned of the dental screenings through their online community billboard. The Las Vegas DS Group, which coordinates community resources for needy children, secured the participation of the David Chow Humanitarian Foundation to provide funds for the cost of transporting children to the screening event.

“The DS Group and the David Chow Foundation look forward to coordinating their efforts and resources to assist Give Kids A Smile in February,” said a spokeswoman for the Annual Session event.

Southern Nevada Dental Society GKAS screening/education activities were scheduled for Oct. 10-12 at Annual Session. 

At the media breakfast, they kicked off the ADA Give Kids A Smile, Henry Schein and 3M ESPE NASCAR event to take GKAS in new directions, which served as a lead-in to the Oct. 15 free oral health screenings at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.