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As you may have seen before, DentalPost is extremely involved in a program called Give Back a Smile. This program works to provide pro bono dental work to survivors of domestic violence who have lost their smiles. We at DentalPost feel passionately that no victim should have to live with the constant reminder of such a horrible event. With the help of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry dental professionals, Give Back a Smile has provided over $15 million in dental work to these survivors, and shows no sign of slowing down.

This year marks our 5th annual Go Jump in the Lake event. One of the goals of this event is to raise money for this wonderful program, that gives the smile back to those affected by domestic violence. This program is giving them more than a smile, its erasing the reminder of a terrible event, while also giving them their confidence back. Watch the video below of Lisa as she goes through her experience of Give Back a Smile.

Here are other words from survivors about what the program has done for them:

“GBAS has given me more than a pretty smile; it has given me my passion for life back. It has given me the confidence to shine and smile each and every day. No longer do I cover my mouth when I smile or laugh due to embarrassment of the damage I suffered. No longer do I hide from having my photograph taken. No longer do I avoid mirrors. Gone is the constant reminder of what I suffered at the hands of another. Gone is the embarrassment and humiliation.” -Anonymous

“Now, as I wake each morning, I greet the day with a renewed sense of hope and joy, strength and purpose, then…a smile spreads across my face that is so bright, I feel like it could light up the whole world” -Anonymous

This cause is very near to my heart. When I was a kid I was involved in a biking accident that knocked out a few of my teeth. This accident sent me head first (literally!) into a career in dentistry- a life long passion. While I can only relate to these victims on a small scale, I understand how it feels to have your smile taken away from you. I encourage you all to visit the Give Back a Smile website to learn more about how you can get involved. If you are interested in making a donation, please visit: http://www.aacd.com/donate. You can mail in your contribution or donate online. Please note on your donations “Go Jump in the Lake/DentalPost”. When we stand united, we are able to change the world!

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