ST. PAUL, Minn., (September 29, 2013) – This race weekend, Greg Biffle, 3M Racing and 3M ESPE Dental had an opportunity to put smiles on lots of faces with a special ADA Give Kids A Smile® program for Dover-area youth and race fans of all ages.
Greg Biffle, Fox Sports 1 host John Roberts and 3M mascot DeeBo entertain and educate the kids at the Dover AFB Youth Center.
As part of the NASCAR race week at Dover International Speedway, the American Dental Association's (ADA) Give Kids A Smile® program visited the Dover Air Force Base Youth Center for a special high-speed oral health education event featuring Biffle, members of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion race team and the No. 16 3M race car. Children at the Youth Center had a chance to rev up their dental health practices with oral health tips, prizes, entertainment and high-speed fun. Local dignitaries, Air Force members, dental hygiene students from the Delaware Technical and Community College and the president of the Delaware State Dental Society also attended the event.
The ADA's Give Kids A Smile program, ADA Foundation, Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC), CareCredit℠ and 3M ESPE Dental have teamed up with NASCAR star Greg Biffle for the third year to put good oral health on the fast track for young fans of NASCAR. Across the country, Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is helping deliver the message to children about healthy habits like brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing, visiting the dentist regularly and making smart food choices.
Thousands of race fans visited the 3M display in the midway for fun family activities, education about healthy dental habits, prizes and a chance to meet Biffle on Sunday morning.
Colonel Thomas Reppart, USAF, and Lt. Colonel Matthew Orlowsky, USAF, join Greg Biffle at the Dover AFB Youth Center.
"It's great to visit Dover Air Force Base and see the Youth Center that serves so many military families," said Greg Biffle. "We've had a chance through the Give Kids A Smile program to see kids all over the country, and none are more deserving of a fun, high-speed dental education event than those whose parents are serving our country at home and oversees. It's an honor to be here today."
Biffle started 19th for the race day but finished ninth on the day after working his way up through the field and benefiting from his team's solid pit strategy and execution. He moves to sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship standing, with seven more races remaining.
Dr. Paul Christian, president, Delaware State Dental Society, leads the education session for the kids at the Dover AFB Youth Center.
"It was a terrific experience to work with 3M Racing and 3M ESPE to bring the dental education message to kids at Dover AFB and at Dover International Speedway in a new and different way," said Dr. Paul Christian, president of the Delaware State Dental Society. "We're able to put dental education on the fast track for thousands of kids and parents. And, by showing what Greg Biffle and his team can do in the two minutes it takes to brush your teeth, we can make this fun and memorable."
The yearlong ADA Give Kids A Smile education program, now in its 11th year, includes a national public service announcement featuring Greg Biffle and ongoing outreach to parents and children through dental offices, community events and media. Throughout the year, more than 1,800 Give Kids A Smile events will be held around the country, providing dental services to more than 400,000 underserved children.
In addition to following Biffle on the track, race fans of all ages can put themselves in victory lane with him. Just visit www.3MESPE.com/givekidsasmile to create a photo with Greg Biffle on pit road or with the race-winning trophy in Victory Lane. For more smart dental tips, visit www.2min2x.org, www.MouthHealthy.org and www.Facebook.com/GiveKidsASmile.