Give Kids a Smile
Each year in February, dental offices across the country participate in Give Kids a Smile Day. Since 2003, the American Dental Association Foundation charity has cared for over 5.5 million children. In 2017, our offices donated $176,000 in free care to locally underserved kids. The grassroots effort brings care, help, and education into communities around the country.
Free oral cancer screenings
Midwest Dental offices provide free oral cancer screenings by appointment each April in recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year alone, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. Dentists are a first line of defense in identifying abnormalities in the mouth, which could be signs of oral cancer. While oral cancer screenings are a part of every Midwest Dental patient exam, free oral cancer screenings each April bring testing to those who might not otherwise receive it. Public awareness about this serious disease and its risk factors is crucial to saving lives.
By far, community development is the most varied part of how we give back to the communities we serve. It is limited only by our own creativity in thinking of new ways we can help those around us. Recently, offices have visited local schools and libraries, and read stories to kids. Teams have registered as bone marrow donors. Others have sponsored local families for the holidays. Some provide care to people who have difficulty getting to a dentist. And one office even invented something totally new to spread goodwill in their community. They created a sign that reads, "Honk for Smiles!" and waved it at passersby. What will you dream up?