This post was sponsored by Give Kids A Smile as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Making an Impact on Child Dental Care with Give Kids A Smile
A trip to the dentist is not memorable for my children. Sometimes we beg them, bribe them or just lie until we pull in the parking lot, sorry kids!
However, some children don’t have the opportunity to see the dentist. Even a simple yearly checkup is missed with hundreds of children. That is when is wonderful charity, Give Kids a Smile steps in.
Grateful for Healthy Smiles
My son’s elementary school has a wonderful connection with a local mobile dentist unit. At the start of the semester parents fill out information on whether we want our children to attend, for free. I view this as a chance that cannot be passed up and receiving a clean report of no cavities is always great to celebrate.
I’ve inherited my grandmother’s strict teeth brushing rules after having several of my teeth pulled due to bad dental hygiene. Brushing my teeth as a teen just seemed like a useless task until it was too late.
Although my kids do put up a little fight, they know that they will not be going to bed or school without those pearly whites cleaned.
Helping those in need
While my children know the importance and are covered, there are still so many children who suffer from tooth decay. Even with the changed made to Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.
There are still 42% of children being affected by tooth decay between ages of 2 to 11 years old. The most disappointing fact is that 50% are minorities, undeserved and Medicaid recipients due to untreated cavities. Our future is our children and they should not lack basic dental hygiene.
Give Kids A Smile believes in giving back dental hygiene and education and they just celebrated their 15th year of service. In these 15 years they have grown from a one day event treating 400 children to now over 5.5 million undeserved children in the US receiving care.
None of this could happen without the dedication of volunteers spanning from dentists, teachers, parents, dental office staff and more. Taking their time to give back to the community.
As you know I am very passionate about giving back to charities and community projects. This doesn’t end at me but it can begin with you starting to volunteer within your community and Give Kids A Smile.
Connect with GKAS on their Facebook Page as well to see more ways you can help give back. Lets create a country where all our children have dental care and tooth decay declines yearly!