BY JEFFREY B. DALIN, DDS, FACD, FAGD, FICD, FADI
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“Teaming up with NASCAR helped expand the Give Kids
A Smile program and expand our reach,” said Dr. Robert A.
Faiella, ADA president. “Oral disease is the most common
chronic childhood disease, and it can be prevented with
proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Through this
wonderful program, we are able to get one step closer to
realizing our vision of eliminating cavities in U.S. five-year-
olds by 2020.”
Through this innovative partnership, oral health screen-
ing education events have been held at 11 NASCAR races
around the country so far in 2013, educating hundreds of
thousands of race fans of all ages about the importance of
good oral health.
Promoting the message of 2min2x.org, the events raised
awareness of the importance of brushing two times a day for two minutes,
visiting a dentist, flossing every day, and
using fluoride. Toothbrushes were given
to participating children.
“CareCredit is honored to be a part
of this exceptional program, which
has grown steadily over the years and
is impacting the lives of so many,” said
Cindy Hearn, CareCredit vice president
of branding and communication. “ There
is much work to be done, and we look
forward to working together with our
partners to reach our goal of ending oral
disease in American children.”
In addition to following Biffle on the
track, race fans can put themselves
in victory lane with him. Just visit
create a photo with Biffle on pit road or with the race-win-
ning trophy in victory lane.
For more dental tips, please visit www.2min2x.org, www.
MouthHealthy.org, and www.Facebook.com/GiveKidsASmile.
JEFFREY B. DALIN, DDS, FACD, FAGD, FICD, FADI, practices
general dentistry in St. Louis. He is a cofounder of the
Give Kids A Smile program. Contact Dr. Dalin at jeff@
Climbing out of his No. 16 3M Ford Fusion after his first-place
victory at the Michigan 400 race in June, NASCAR driver
and Give Kids A Smile champion Greg Biffle shared with the
world his pride in driving the American Dental Association’s
GKAS car and his commitment to brightening the smiles of
children across the country.
Biffle’s 3M car has proudly sported the ADA GKAS and
Henry Schein Cares logos during the past three years. Together with the ADA, ADA Foundation, 3M ESPE, Henry Schein,
Church and Dwight, and CareCredit, he is raising awareness
of the importance of good oral health for NASCAR’s
Since the beginning of the year, more than
600,000 young and older NASCAR fans around
the country have “accelerated”
their track to good oral health,
thanks to the NASCAR Give
Kids A Smile Program.
“It is a true honor to be able to help
[hundreds of thousands] of kids in need
put their oral health into first gear through
the Give Kids A Smile program,” said
Biffle. “Through our screening events,
education, and raising awareness, we are
brightening smiles around the country.”
GKAS is an ADA initiative through
which dentists and their dental teams
provide free oral health-care services to
children from underserved communities
across the country.
“We could never have imagined the
reach and impact that the Give Kids A
Smile program would have when we
founded the program over 12 years ago in St. Louis,” said Dr.
Jeff Dalin, GKAS cofounder. “It is so exciting to see the ex-
panded reach of this program through NASCAR, which truly
brings Give Kids A Smile to a new level.”
Since the inception of GKAS in 2002, more than 150,000
dental volunteers nationwide have provided free oral health
care and education to nearly five million underserved chil-
dren. This year alone, more than 12,000 dental volunteers
cared for nearly a half million children.
GREG BIFFLE CHAMPIONS