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One of the best rewards of running a successful private practice is the ability to give back to your community.  Here is a great example of successful dental professionals in action this Valentine’s day – In Madison, Wisconsin, dental professionals have joined forces to give smiles to survivors of domestic abuse.  Over $5 million given to date, the Give Back A Smile program has helped over 600 survivors of domestic abuse.  Well done, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sadly, more than five million people in the United States are affected by domestic violence each year. These startling statistics reflect why the AACDCF’s GBAS program was created. Its mission is to “restore a life by restoring a smile” by providing free cosmetic dental care to survivors of domestic violence.

“After suffering abuse, it is difficult for survivors to find something to smile about, and it’s even harder when they don’t have a smile to show. AACD members who assist survivors of domestic violence by treating their dental injuries in-turn restoring their smiles, their self-esteem and their lives,” said AACD Foundation Director Erin Roberts. “This is the true spirit of Valentine’s Day.”