Dentistry’s day to make a difference
Thanks to thousands of dental volunteers throughout the past eight years, “Give Kids a Smile” has helped nearly 40,000 low-income children in Minnesota - that’s more than enough to fill Target Field on game day!
If your clinic hasn’t yet registered for this annual charitable event, which takes place on Feb. 4 and 5, please take a moment this week to complete the simple online registration.
While there is no official deadline for registration, it’s beneficial to register sooner than later so your clinic has the resources needed to plan for a successful event. It also helps the MDA better plan its statewide advertising campaign, which promotes “Give Kids a Smile” where appointments are available. Note: Please register with both the MDA and the ADA.
So far this year, about 1,900 volunteers have registered. Sign up to help exceed last year’s participation of 3,300 volunteers, who brought winning smiles to more than 6,000 children.
Free supplies for first 10 new registrants
As a special incentive, the MDA will provide some free supplies for your “Give Kids a Smile” event. Upon request, the first 10 new clinics to register this week will receive up to 20 free toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste. The free supplies were generously provided by The Smile Center in Brooklyn Park.
Did you know that 28% of households with children age 12 and younger live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, which is about $44,000 for a family of four? (Source: Report of the 2009 Statewide Household Child Care Survey.)
If your clinic wants to participate in “Give Kids a Smile” but isn’t able to host a clinic, please consider the Smile Factory option. This volunteer opportunity allows specialists, as well as general dentists, to provide additional treatment to children who need extra help after “Give Kids a Smile.” For example, while treating a child at a “Give Kids a Smile” event, a dentist may find the child needs a root canal or a complex extraction. The dentist would then look at the MDA’s list of Smile Factory locations and refer that child on to a participating endodontic or oral surgery clinic. The Smile Factory location would schedule the child for a future date and provide care at no cost. This extension of the “Give Kids a Smile” program is a great way to volunteer, at a time that’s convenient for you and your staff.
Our generous sponsors
The MDA is proud to announce that HealthPartners and 3M ESPE Dental Products have again joined us as sponsors. These generous companies, who have supported “Give Kids a Smile” for nine years, will provide funding needed to promote the program with advertising on WCCO-TV and on radio stations throughout the state. This year’s WCCO-TV ads feature Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire. Watch for them starting on Jan. 10.