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It's World Oral Health Day

NASDAQ bell rings in honor of international observance


World Oral Health Day at NASDAQ: Presiding over the opening bell in honor of World Oral Health Day March 20 are, from left, Bruce Aust, executive vice president, Corporate Client Group, NASDAQ OMX; Dr. Steven Gounardes, 2nd District trustee, American Dental Association; Dr. Kathryn Kell, treasurer, FDI World Dental Federation; Jim Breslawski, president, Henry Schein Inc. and CEO - Global Dental Group; and Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO, Henry Schein Inc.
New York—Sponsors and supporters of the FDI World Dental Federation's World Oral Health Day launched the U.S. observance by opening the NASDAQ stock market in Times Square this morning.

Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein Inc., was joined for the NASDAQ open by Dr. Kathryn Kell, a general dentist in Davenport, Iowa and treasurer of the FDI World Dental Federation; Dr. Steven Gounardes, a general dentist in Brooklyn, N.Y. and ADA trustee for the 2nd District; representatives from World Oral Health Day global sponsors Listerine Brand and Unilever; and other leading dental professionals to recognize the integral importance of oral health to total health.

"As the world's largest provider of dental solutions to oral health practitioners we are committed to partnering with the global dental profession to enhance oral health care around the world," said Mr. Bergman.  "Through Henry Schein Cares, our global corporate social responsibility program, we are committed to participating in public-private partnerships that help to advance oral health care and other complex global health issues. We are grateful to the NASDAQ for providing us with an important platform for global visibility, as we open the stock market in celebration of World Oral Health Day, and we are grateful to our partners for our shared commitment to achieving optimal global oral health."

"We applaud the commitment of Henry Schein, as well as our global sponsors of World Oral Health Day, Listerine Brand and Unilever, and the American Dental Association for coming together to help raise the visibility of World Oral Health Day 2013," said Dr. Orlando Monteiro da Silva, FDI president.  "Through the shared commitment and visionary leadership of these organizations and others, we look forward to achieving our goal of 'Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life.'"

"Our message reflects the major contribution of oral health to our overall health and lives," said Dr. Gounardes. "Around the world, FDI member dental associations, schools, companies and other groups will be able to celebrate the day with events organized under the single, unifying and simple message. The American Dental Association is proud to be a member of the FDI and join with them on this important and momentous occasion."
 
The ADA will also mark the observance at a Give Kids A Smile/NASCAR oral health education event tomorrow at Troth Street Elementary School in Jurupa Valley, Calif. With a NASCAR-themed backdrop, more than 900 students, from pre-K through sixth-graders, will participate in the interactive program designed to help them get their oral health on track. The education program will showcase the Ad Council oral health message to brush for two minutes two times a day (2min2x.org), flossing, visiting the dentist and making smart food choices to protect their dental health. Troth Street elementary students will also get a chance to see NASCAR driver Greg Biffle's No. 16 3M Ford Fusion show car and meet representatives from his racing team during the event.

"Our mission is to foster the success of our diverse membership and advance the oral health of the public," said Dr. Robert A. Faiella, ADA president. "World Oral Health Day gives us an important opportunity to share this message of total health with the global community."

World Oral Health Day was created at the 2007 FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Dubai to raise awareness of the importance of healthy teeth, gums and mouths.

Mr. Bergman opened the NASDAQ Market at 9:30 a.m. this morning and the event aired live on CNBC. For more details from the ADA, visit the Give Kids A Smile Facebook page, facebook.com/GiveKidsASmile or follow @adanews or @amerdentalassn on Twitter.

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