Friday, November 04, 2011

Is this Kool Smiles way of pretending they are paying back the millions defrauded or trying to head off some bad publicity in the works?

Can you consider  “patient shopping” a donated service?  Here is their Press Release for today:

Kool Smiles Donates $12.5 Million in Dental Services to Underserved Communities and Launches Facebook Campaign to Donate a Toothbrush for Every "Like"

ATLANTA, Nov 4, 2011  Kool Smiles is proud to announce that so far this year it has donated over $12.5 million in free dental services to underserved communities. In celebration, they are launching a new Facebook page. In addition to keeping the community engaged in its vision and efforts to increase accessible dental health nationwide, the page allows individuals to have an impact on the wellbeing of children in need. For every "Like" the Kool Smiles Facebook page receives, a toothbrush will be donated to an underserved child.

Quality dental care at a young age plays an important role in both the physical and psychological well-being of children and adults. Now, Kool Smiles is empowering every person who "likes" its efforts by donating a free toothbrush and is prepared to provide up to a million toothbrushes for a million healthy smiles.

Dr. Polly Buckey, DDS, MS, a board certified Pediatric Dentist who serves as a spokesperson for Kool Smiles, conveyed the company's motivation for its new social media outreach: "At Kool Smiles, we're glad to be able to provide an avenue for communication regarding the dental health of America's youth. We're also excited to provide Facebook users that support our vision with the opportunity to reach out to a child in need with a simple click of the mouse. The more people become aware of the oral health crisis facing the children in the United States, the closer Kool Smiles will grow to its goal of accessible dental care for every child."

While Kool Smiles' toothbrush donation campaign will only be accessible through Facebook, you can find out more about the company by visiting the "About Us" tab or the Kool Smiles website:

About Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is a leading dental health provider dedicated to expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in underserved communities. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations.

The alarming state of oral health today is the foundation upon which Kool Smiles has built its mission and vision. Despite the United States' status as the wealthiest country, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that oral care is the #1 unmet healthcare need for children. Over 50 percent of 5- to 9-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling, and that proportion increases to 78 percent among 17-year-olds. Oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of children and plays a critical role in their ability to succeed in school and acquire positive self-esteem.

To learn more about your options for children's dentistry or to find a local Kool Smiles dentist, please visit or

SOURCE Kool Smiles