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Give Back a Smile Program

Dr.Karen DiBona, DDS Helps Domestic Violence Survivors Through Give Back a Smile

Staten Island, New York ( January 4, 2012)- More than five million individuals are affected by domestic violence

each year in the U.S. and Canada, and local dentist Dr. DiBona is helping heal the effects by participating in the

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program. 

Dr. DiBona is one of many volunteer dentists involved with GBAS, which is available to restore the damaged

smiles of eligible adult survivors of intimate partner violence.


"One in four women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime.  Chances are, you know someone

who's been affected," said Dr.DiBona.  "GBAS has restored the smiles of more than 1,000 intimate partner

violence survivors to date, and we're looking to help even more.  If you know of someone who has suffered

injuries to the smile-zone at the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse, please contact GBAS."


GBAS volunteer dentists provide smile-zone restoration treatment at no charge to eligible adult survivors of

intimate partner violence.  Survivors apply for services through GBAS, and must make an appointment with a

counselor, domestic violence advocate, social worker, or therapist to complete the advocate section of the GBAS



GBAS conducts the initial review of the application, and the volunteer dentist makes the final determination of

eligibility.  GBAS will connect initially qualified applicants with a local GBAS volunteer, who then provides

treatment at no charge.  All applicants must fulfill certain criteria established by GBAS.


Give Back a Smile was developed to address a need in the communities of AACD members.  Volunteer dentists

and laboratory technicians agree to restore the broken and damaged teeth in the smile-zone of survivors of

intimate partner violence.  Generous AACD dentists help erase the memories of abuse by restoring the smiles

at no cost to the survivors thereby restoring their lives.  To date, AACD members have donated more than $10

million in services to restore smiles to help more than 1,000 individuals.

If you  know of someone that could be helped by GBAS, or someone who would like to get involved in

the program, please visit the GBAS website at or call toll-free 800.502.9006 for more



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