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.
All kids deserve access to great medical and dental care. What would you say if I told you that, despite improvements in the coverage of children’s dental care under the Affordable Care Act, that tooth decay is still the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S.
I know I was shocked when I heard that.
As many as 42% of children ages 2-11 (and almost 50% of minority/underserved/Medicaid recipients) are living with untreated cavities.
We all know how huge of an impact our dental health can have on our overall health. As a mom, I make sure that dental visits for my kids are right up their with regular doctor’s checkups because I understand how important they are. It’s so hard to think that there are kids out there who do not have access to the care that they need.
What if we could change that?
Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) volunteers are working to do just that. The program has been around for 15 years and during that time more than half a million dental professionals have given of their time to help provide dental care to kids that may not have been able to receive it otherwise. They’ve served over 5.5 million children and do some amazing work all over the world.
That’s something to smile about.
My kids are funny. The’ve loved going to the dentist from their very first time. It always makes me smile to see them sit so happily in the dentist chair waiting to have their teeth cleaned.
While I know not every child LOVES the dentist like mine do, every child absolutely deserves the chance to get the dental care they need. I love that GKAS is helping kids get the care they need and set them up for a healthy future.
Do you want to help give back?
If you want to help kids have better dental health, start with your own kids. Make sure they are brushing their teeth (or letting you brush their teeth) at least twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, eat healthy meals, and visit their dentist once a year (Go here for more dental health tips).
Does your dentist volunteer his time? Thank him for giving back to kids in need.