Thank you the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program for providing education and product resources. Give Kids A Smile® is an annual volunteer program that provides free educational, preventive and restorative services to children from low-income families.
Book Launch & Give Kids a Smile Event for National Children's Dental Health Month!
Join our team of smile makers as we launch the first in a new series of art health books called the Hot SPIT Chronicles. Author and dental hygienist, Rhonda Radford Adams, will be on hand for a story reading presentation, with fun activities and GKASD oral health kits to help teach participants about good oral health and overall wellness!
Everyone Deserves A Healthy SMiLE!
- Noticing that children’s dental health was getting lost in the scramble to combat COVID-19, access to preventive dental services and school oral health programs have been delayed. With an ounce of creativity and a pound of compassion, this expressive arts health literacy project will help children and their families learn the importance of maintaining healthy smiles together, even though a pandemic.
Support these efforts to creatively inspire wellness...1 SMiLe at a TiMe!
SMiLE 2 SMiLE
WHY IT MATTERS?
INSPIRED BY FACTS!
Dental disease is the most common chronic illness for children in the U.S. 49 million US residents are living in areas designated as Dental Health Shortage Areas.
Compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, preventive dental services have been limited in the interest of public health safety and school oral health programs have also been suspended because of government closures. Due to concerns,many remain hesitant to schedule any care including routine and or preventative check ups.
This combination of factors means that children in low-income families are at higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and ultimately a lifetime of systemic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even dementia to name a few.
THE CREATIVE CREW!
Rhonda Radford Adams, RDH
A Houston based artist and third-generation dental hygienist with 30 years in clinical and community health education, Rhonda’s passion for art led her to the use of storytelling and hands-on activities to help reduce anxiety and fear of dental visits while promoting positive dialogue. Familiar with arts-in-medicine, she termed this style ‘art-in-dentistry’ to creatively present oral health education in the series, “The Hot S.P.I.T. Chronicles”.
Reginald C. Adams
Over the past 20 years, this Houston artist has facilitated the design, coordination and production over 350 public art projects and creative workshops across the Houston area and abroad. Primarily focused on art projects towards children, he has creatively engaged over youth in his projects . Children’s book illustration has become a second extension of his passion to empower, engage and educate youth through the arts.
Samson Bimbo Adenugba
A native West African visual artists, illustrator, painter and muralist, this artist considers Texas as home. He is known for his bold and colorful paintings of the daily life on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Over the past two decades, Samson has completed thousands of paintings, illustrated 6 children’s books and created a vast portfolio of painted and mosaic murals that are currently in schools, parks and institutions in the US.
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