National Dental Meeting hosts events to support local and national nonprofits

The American Dental Association (ADA) will be hosting two philanthropic events under the umbrella of its Give Kids a Smile® program at its national meeting October 11-13 to help underprivileged children locally and nationally.

Locally, attendees at the October 12 Pack & Give Back event will fill backpacks for underserved kids in the greater Las Vegas area who might otherwise go without food on weekends and long breaks. school. The Pack & Give Back event is a collaboration with Three Square, a member of Feeding America, and Future Smiles, two nonprofits in Nevada.

Approximately 1,000 backpacks will be filled, each with four meals, two nutritious snacks, a bag of oral health gifts with a toothbrush and toothpaste, and oral health education materials. The backpacks will then be distributed by Three Square at a later date to children in the Nevada area. This event is generously sponsored by Henry Schein, Colgate and the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation.

Nationally, SmileDash participants can log their kilometers of running, walking, cycling, swimming or any other remote activity that takes place from October 1 to 15 at any location. A portion of the participant registration fee supports the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program, which helps underserved children nationwide receive free oral health services.

“We are honored to help underserved children in the greater Las Vegas area and nationwide at the ADA National Meeting,” said ADA President Dr. Klemmedson. “Both of these philanthropic events are organized as part of the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022. Through Give Kids A Smile, dentists and their teams have provided oral health services to over 6 million children in need across the country. “

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