Often, a child’s dental condition is like a race between time and tooth decay. There are times when all of the siblings in the household share one toothbrush; for those kids, keeping a winning smile is against the odds. That’s why 75 dentists, hygienists, assistants, manufacturers, and lay people met at the Richmond International Raceway in Virginia on April 27 and 28 for Give Kids a Smile (GKAS). The event was sponsored by 3M Racing, Henry Schein Cares, the ADA Foundation, and the Virginia Dental Association, and DEXIS, as founding partner of GKAS, was proud to join that illustrious crew. Everyone’s goal—to rev kids up about proper dental care.
All of the volunteers comprised “a true partnership,” described Dr. Jeff Dalin, the chairman of the ADA GKAS National Advisory Committee. On Saturday, approximately 320 children received fluoride varnish treatments, pit and oral fissure treatments, oral hygiene instruction, a tooth care kit, a backpack, t-shirt, lunch and a track tour.
Children who needed X-rays took a pit stop under the radiography awning with Pediatric Dentist Roger Wood and Henry Schein Rep Karen Kraus. Digital bitewings or PAs were captured with a Platinum sensor brought by DEXIS Rep Ben Waldman used in conjunction with a portable NOMAD X-ray unit donated by Aribex. Dr. Dalin noted that DEXIS was one of GKAS’ founding sponsors a decade ago. “At an event like this, you have to have digital X-rays. There is no time to start developing film,” said Dr. Dalin. “It is so quick and easy to use.” The images were printed and stapled to the children’s assessments to take home.
The event also sent a message to the parents. Dr. Dalin noted, “Each child brought home a letter with a list of Medicaid dental providers for the Richmond area, in an effort to convince them to find a ‘dental home’ for their children.” After the excitement at the Raceway, GKAS, its sponsors and DEXIS will keep the momentum of its 10th anniversary going by holding new and exciting events geared to underserved children across the nation.