Friday, September 30, 2005

Give Back a Smile program

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Meet Yasmine after enduring four years of physical, mental and verbal abuse, she decided to get herself away from her husband who battered her. The picture to the left is how she looked when she entered a Battered Woman's shelter, where she not only battled the shame of the abuse, but the shame that her chipped teeth brought her. Over the four year period, she lost her self esteem and her ability to see herself as a pretty woman with a beautiful smile was marred by the fact that following a punch by her husband to her mouth, her teeth were chipped.

Enter the American Academy of cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Give Back a Smile is a program that provides survivors of domestic violence free dental repair. The AACD's membership wanted to return something to the community while raising awareness of the effects of domestic violence.

If you or someone you know has suffered dental disease directly related to domestic violence, you can contact the AACD and apply for the program by calling 1-800-773-4227.

This is a picture of Yasmine today. As you can see she got her smile back and her life, too. After her dental repair, she continued to work on her self esteem issues and secured a good job. The AACD hopes that you will educate yourself about ways to recognize and prevent domestic violence.

If your smile is in need of repair, reconstruction or just general cleaning, you can secure dental insurance for you and your family by visiting
Dental Insurance Scout.

Your dentist will help you smile like Yasmine every day. For more information on how to apply or the Give Back a Smile program, visit
Give Back a Smile.