Give Kids a Smile

The Traviss Career Center in Lakeland, Florida, was buzzing with the sound of children’s voices in February, as nearly 100 kids from across the county visited the center during the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile event.

Give Kids a Smile is a program that provides dental services to children free of charge all across the country.

Local dentists volunteered their time and services during the Lakeland event, and some even provided free follow-up care at their own practices later if the children needed it. Travis Career Center’s dental assisting students helped provide screenings, treatment and instruction to the young patients, while Sirona’s own intraoral team was on hand to take digital X-rays.  This was the fourth year John Pauley, Sirona intraoral territory manager, and Mary Ann Rupertus, Sirona equipment specialist, have assisted the team in Lakeland.

“It’s very rewarding for me to give back to the dental community in this meaningful way,” Mary Ann said. “Every child deserves access to quality dental care because it’s an important part of their overall health. It makes me feel good to see all the happy and excited smiles during this special event.”

Since 2003, Give Kids a Smile has provided dental services for nearly 5 million children nationwide.

Check out the video from our 2015 visit:

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