CareCredit presents $100,000 donation to Give Kids a Smile fund

March 11, 2010
Company's donation is fourth of its kind to GKAS.

COSTA MESA, California--CareCredit, a patient payment program, continued support as founding donor of the American Dental Association Foundation's GIVE KIDS A SMILE Expansion Fund with a fourth consecutive $100,000 donation.

The donation was made Feb. 24, 1010, at the GIVE KIDS A SMILE National Advisory board meeting in Chicago.

The American Dental Association's GIVE KIDS A SMILE program has two objectives.

The first objective is to enable dental teams to provide free dental care, screening, and education to underserved children. Second is to raise public awareness that the children of this country deserve a better health-care system that addresses their dental needs.

In 2009, with the help of CareCredit's contribution, grants were awarded to the Hispanic Dental Association, the National Dental Association, and Oral Health America.

The HDA is using its grant to fund local dental-student-led oral health programs in Los Angeles, Dallas and Boston. The NDA is enhancing the Deamonte Driver Dental Project and has assembled its Dentists in Action resource directory. Oral Health America's grant funds have been distributed to Smiles Across America sites in California, Minnesota, and Nevada.

"Dental disease among children is a serious issue in the United States," stated Cindy Hearn, board member and senior vice president of marketing at CareCredit.

"When a child has disease and pain, it makes it difficult for them to eat, sleep and learn. CareCredit became the Founding Donor of the American Dental Association Foundation GIVE KIDS A SMILE Expansion Fund to help increase children's access to treatment throughout the year. "Each year we are so impressed with how the grant recipients use the funds to reach out in their community, state and even across the country."

"CareCredit continues to give benevolently to the GIVE KIDS A SMILE Fund. Through their generosity, we have truly been able to make a difference in the lives of children who have little to no access to quality dental care," stated Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, President, ADA Foundation.

Today, CareCredit is at work in more than 80,000 dental practices. CareCredit is exclusively selected for their members by most state and national dental associations, including ADA Business ResourcesSM, AGD, AAOMS, and AAP, and is also recommended by leading practice management consultants.

For more information on CareCredit, call (800) 300-3046, ext. 4519 or visit CareCredit.

Information on GIVE KIDS A SMILE can be found at Give Kids a Smile.

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