There was no better way to jump-start Children’s Dental Health Month than with the annual ‘Give Kids A Smile’ event on February 1st , 2019 at KidZdent’s Old Bridge, New Jersey location. Through the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have become the recipients of free oral health services. These free services are provided by volunteers including approximately 10,000 dentists and 30,000 dental team members on an annual basis.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recognized that this grassroots effort had great potential to raise awareness nationally about the importance of oral health to overall health, and about the staggering need that exists for or amongst millions of children who go without care. In Response, Give Kids A Smile was created and evolved into a nationwide program with the collaboration of the ADA, Henry Schein, Procter Gamble, and DEXIS.
Dr. Cavan Brunsden is the NJ Chairman of Give Kids a Smile, and each and every year it is his mission to encourage more dental practices across the state of New Jersey to participate so dental care can be provided to as many underprivileged children as possible. Countless volunteers flocked to KidZdent to ensure that each child receives the very best dental care and treatment. Patients at Kidzdent were greeted by many of the warm, friendly faces and professionals that they see regularly at KidZdent’s office, plus many outside volunteers. From face painting to tattoos, balloons and prizes, these children were actually excited for their visit in the dental chair. KidZdent’s iconic mascot, Chompster could be seen walking alongside the likes of the Tooth Fairy who flew in for the extra special occasion as well. KidZ Hub Media was on-site at Kidzdent throughout the day with their JR. Broadcasters reporting LIVE on the action. Volunteers discussed their many years of dedication to the GKAS program and why it is such an important day for them. KidZdent pediatric dentist, Dr. Reem explains, “That everyone who does it- enjoys doing it. They don’t receive compensation so there is no other reward besides feeling great about it!” Dental hygienist Christina proudly insights, “It makes me feel absolutely incredible to give back to a community that would otherwise not have the opportunity to receive the care that they deserve.” Kidzdent representative Jessica also boasted about experiences like this and stated that the positive environment that has been created by KidZdent is what drew her to wanting to become a part of the KidZdent family. #KidZdentKares plays a huge role in the Old Bridge community and Middlesex County.
Old Bridge Mayor Henry sent these words of appreciation to the Kidzdent volunteers for Give Kids a Smile: “A wonderful experience was had by all at the Give Kids a Smile program hosted by Kidzdent on Friday, February 1, 2019. When we think about staying healthy and going to the doctor for routine check-ups, we often forget about our teeth. During GKAS, Dr. Cavan Brunsden, the entire KidZdent staff, and many volunteers dedicated their time to provide free dental services and treatment to all those children of families who may not otherwise be able to afford proper dental care. Dental treatments and tutorials on daily care routines at no cost to these kids is invaluable. They learned the importance of dental health and had great fun while doing so! Thank you to Dr. Brunsden and the KidZdent team.”
One thing is for sure, during February’s ‘Children’s Dental Health Month’ and every other day passing, KidZdent’s objective is to provide lifelong, healthy smiles and always Give Kids A Smile! For more information on GKAS or how to become a part of the amazing program for next year,
please call 732.679.2323 or contact us here.