Give the Gift of a Smile This Holiday Season

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GBAS ‘Joy of Giving’ campaign benefits survivors of domestic violence with dental injuries.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? If you asked a recipient of the AACD Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program, it’s likely the recipient will answer: “My new smile.”

GBAS is the only national program that restores the smiles of domestic violence survivors who have suffered dental injuries to the smile zone by the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse. With the help of donations, and the generocity of volunteer dentists, GBAS is to repair the broken smiles of eligible program recipients.

GBAS has helped more than 1,200 survivors to date. Each dollar is leveraged about 16 times in donated dental services. The average smile restoration, with the help of volunteer dentists, costs about $200.

The AACDCF has recently launched its Joy of Giving Campaign, where donors can contribute to GBAS in honor of another individual. The campaign coincides with upcoming holiday celebrations, which can prove to be an emotional time for many GBAS program recipients and domestic violence survivors.

“We’ve had many survivors mention that Christmas and other holidays were really difficult for them because they didn’t want to smile for the camera when holiday photos were taken,” said Lisa Fitch, director of the AACD Charitable Foundation. “Some survivors said seeing themselves in photographs with damaged teeth reminded them of past abuse. With the generosity of our donors and GBAS volunteers, many of those survivors are now able to smile for the camera without hesitation. And we hope to help many more survivors do the same.”

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About Give Back a Smile
The Give Back a Smile program launched May 27, 1999. Since then, AACD member dentists, dental laboratories, and other dental professionals have volunteered their time and expertise pro bono, to restore the damaged smiles of more than 1,200 survivors of intimate partner violence for a total dollar value of more than $12 million.

Give Back a Smile was developed to address a need in the communities of AACD members. Volunteer dentists and laboratory technicians agree to restore broken and damaged teeth in the smile-zone of survivors of intimate partner violence. AACD dentists help erase memories of abuse by restoring smiles at no cost to survivors thereby restoring their lives.

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