Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Day 228: Helped A Kid Show Their Pearly Whites

I found out a crazy thing on the radio this morning.  This week is National Smile Week here in the United States.  I can't believe I didn't know this!!  Between working in dentists offices, and being someone who is somewhat of a smile aficionado with my acts, you would think that I would be all over this.  Luckily, I did find out about it, so today and tomorrow I am incorporating smiles and smiling into my random acts of kindness. 

In my role at ZocDoc, I am able to interact with a number of dentists.  From them, I have learned how expensive it can be for families to get preventative dental care, let alone dental care after there are long, untreated issues with the gums and mouth.  Serious health problems can arise from letting your dental care go untreated, and this is especially an issue for children in low-income families.  Since 1997, Smiles Change Lives have been helping these children to get access to proper orthodontic care.  Since then, they have been able to help over 1500 kids nationwide get dental assistance that they wouldn't have gotten otherwise.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I made a donation to Smiles Change Lives so that I could help a kid show off their pearly whites and participate in National Smile Week. 

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