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.
There are some things in life that I think many of us take for granted. A roof over our heads. Dinner on the table. A warm bed. Dental care.
When my daughter was little, her baby teeth were so cute and perfect. Routine dental care and daily dental hygiene have always been a priority for us because of my husband’s family history. We wanted her to grow up with adult teeth that were just as adorable and healthy as her baby teeth.
But did you know that half of all children who enter kindergarten today already have tooth decay? Half! That’s a lot. And tooth decay can affect their education because it can cause more absences, cause them to have trouble paying attention and cause poor self-esteem? All by age five. This is something kids shouldn’t have to worry about, but unfortunately, not everyone has access to dental care.
But tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the US affecting 42% of kids age 2 to 11. Those are pretty sad statistics for something that is mostly preventable with proper care.
In 2002, a group of dentists came together in St. Louis, Missouri for a one-day volunteer grassroots event to provide free dental care for children. Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) was born, and the American Dental Association and more than half a million volunteers continued the mission to provide dental care for those who need it most. This year Give Kids a Smile is celebrating their 15-year anniversary having reached more than 5.5 million underserved children across the United States.
Each year GKAS hosts more than 1,300 events across the U.S. and children who attend receive free dental education, screenings, and necessary treatment.
Kids deserve a healthy smile!
As my daughter started losing her baby teeth, though healthy, we noticed that her adult teeth were growing in quite crooked. Our son never had this problem, and it concerned us. Our dentist reassured us that they should begin to slide down into place, but he monitors them regularly and sees her every six months. After hearing the statistics about tooth decay and kids, I am thankful that we have had the ability to ensure she has had great dental care all of her life.
You can help support dental health in your kids by teaching them to do the following:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss daily
- Eat healthy
- Visit the dentist regularly
For more dental health tips visit Healthy Mouth Website.
You can also help Give Kids a Smile reach children in need by volunteering your time helping out at their events across the country. You can also make a donation that will help support their charitable efforts. If your children are in need of dental care, you can find information about GKAS events on their website.