ADA Foundation, 3M Raise Stakes in Battle against Childhood Caries

3M Donation Will Support Give Kids A Smile®
Volunteers Placing 400,000+ Sealants in 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The ADA Foundation and 3M today announced that 3M will donate 3,000
introductory sealant kits to the ADA Foundation for use during the 2017
Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program. The donation, which has an estimated
fair market value of $250,000, will help Give Kids A Smile volunteers
place more than 400,000 sealants on underserved kids’ teeth in 2017.

“In our collaborations with oral health professionals around the world,
we see the importance that our customers place on giving back to their
communities, and it is one we share wholeheartedly,” said John Tobin,
director, U.S. Sales and Marketing, 3M Oral Care. “We are proud to
partner with the ADA Foundation and the 2017 Give Kids A Smile program
to help kids keep healthy smiles for life.”

Each sealant kit can provide approximately 140 sealant applications and
includes two 1.2 ml 3M™ Clinpro™ Sealant syringes, one 3 ml 3M™
Scotchbond™ Etchant syringe, 20 sealant syringe tips, and 25 etchant
syringe tips. A sealant kit will be included in each of the 3,000 Henry
Schein Dental professional kits
distributed to those who register
and are awarded product for Give Kids A Smile programs in January, 2017.

“Give Kids A Smile Programs from around the country have been asking for
sealant material because they are highly effective and a safe means of
preventive dental care,” said Dr. Jeff Dalin, ADA Foundation Give Kids A
Smile Committee member. “We love working with 3M and are excited about
the opportunity of getting their Clinpro Sealant into the hands of our
wonderful volunteers. A lot of kids will benefit greatly from this
generous donation of product.”

The ADA Foundation will celebrate Give Kids A Smile’s 15th
anniversary in 2017.

In August, the Journal of the American Dental Association
published a systematic
, and the updated clinical practice guidelines it
helped generate, giving a clear indication to dental professionals as to
the marked benefit of the use of sealants in preventing and managing
occlusal caries in children and adolescents. The analysis indicated that
children treated with sealants have about a 70 to 80 percent reduction
in the incidence of occlusal caries compared with children that do not
receive sealants.

For more information about Give Kids A Smile or to sign up your Give
Kids A Smile program, visit
To make a donation to Give Kids A Smile, visit

About the ADA Foundation
As dentistry’s premier
philanthropic and charitable organization, the ADA Foundation is a
catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a difference
through better oral health. The ADA Foundation provides more than
$800,000 in grants, scholarships, and awards annually to programs that
are in alignment with the organization’s four mission pillars:
Charitable Assistance, Access to Care, Research, and Education
(C.A.R.E.). As part of these efforts, the ADA Foundation oversees Give
Kids A Smile® and also oversees the ADA Foundation Dr.
Anthony Volpe Research Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland (formerly the
Paffenbarger Research Center). For more information about the ADA
Foundation, visit

At 3M
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improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees
connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s
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About Give Kids A Smile®
Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program is one of the world’s largest
oral health charitable programs. Launched nationally by the American
Dental Association in 2003, Give Kids A Smile is an access-to-care
endeavor designed to encourage parents, health professionals, and
policymakers to address the year-round need for oral health care and
education for all children. Each year the Give Kids A Smile program
supports approximately 10,000 dentists, 30,000 dental team members, and
other community volunteers in providing free oral health care services
including exams, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, crowns, and
extractions, to more than 350,000 children from low-income families
across the country. To find out more about Give Kids A Smile, visit


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