This post was sponsored by Give Kids A Smile as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
All kids should be able to grow up happy and healthy. Helping support groups that further this goal is a favorite cause of mine. Some kids need extra support and help due to their family’s circumstances, it’s not something they can control. There are a lot of ways we can help families not as fortunate as our own. Whether you donate food, clothes or your time, we can all make a difference. We can help ensure more kids have enough to eat and are warm enough. Beyond vaccinations and regular wellness checks, seeing a dentist is also crucial to staying healthy. Some families struggle to obtain medical insurance and unfortunately for them, dental insurance or even visiting the dentist is an even bigger luxury they just can’t afford.
#1 Chronic Infection Disease Among US Kids
Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among kids in the United States. That isn’t a surprise to me, I’ve had cavities over the years, including a few as a child. I am working hard as a parent to prevent them for my kids but I am also realistic and know it might happen. That’s why I schedule dental check-ups for my boys every 6 months. The dentist completes an oral exam and provides preventative dental care, and I am reassured they have healthy mouths. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss, definitely things I hope to prevent my boys from experiencing.
Can you imagine how hard it is for kids to concentrate in school if they are in pain from dental issues? How about hungry because it hurts too much eat? In fact, some students would just stay home instead of dealing with pain at school. As a former teacher, I know kids do not learn as well with extra distractions like dental pain or hunger. I know my own kids don’t do well when they don’t feel good or are uncomfortable. I wish no children had to deal with preventable or untreated dental issues.
Give Kids A Smile
Give Kids A Smile is an organization that over half a million volunteers have supported from dentists and dental hygienists to teachers and school nurses. They’ve worked to provide oral health services to kids in need for the past 15 years. What started as a one-day event to help 400 kids in St. Louis, is now a series of 1,300 events that have reached 5.5 million children in all 50 states.
In fact, my own kids’ school hosts dental services for children in need each year. Every time I receive information regarding the services, I am reminded about the need even in my own community, and really in most communities. It’s a cause I think most people can get behind!
Make a Difference
You can help make a difference. Follow the Give Kids A Smile facebook page for the latest information and headed to their website to learn how to volunteer, donate or receive services.