It is GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY!!!  Smiles are precious and if kids can get a good head start on one, that’s great.

Every smile makes you a day younger.  – Chinese Proverb

Something like this would have been great because at the age of 7, I was reading the funny papers to my dad in the kitchen one Sunday and accidentally hit my elbow – my funny bone – and it was not funny at all.  I fainted and when I landed on the floor it was face first – and I cracked all of my new permanent teeth that had not been in all that long.  I never got any of them fixed.  Now at middle age, I have some seriously cracked front teeth and the enamel is – well – it’s just not good.

So – anyway, if we can make sure kids get good smiles to start out with, that will set them on a good path in life.

The ADA’s Give Kids a Smile program began in 2003 and was initially a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round.  Dentists and other professionals volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States.  Each year, about 350,000 kids benefit from more than 1,500 events, because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.

I’m happy to say the future holds a world of confident kids with healthy smiles.

Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you.  – Soupy Sales

There’s a facebook page if you’d like more information about the program.

Those of us who underwent trauma to our teeth at a young age (holding my hand up) just have to smile with our hearts and hope others have understanding spirits.  Fortunately, children today have advantages I didn’t have when I was little.  God bless all the people who make this wonderful work possible.  🙂