Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate-Palmolive Company
Founding Supporter
300 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

COLGATE BRIGHT SMILES, BRIGHT FUTURES® HELPS KICK OFF HISTORIC MULTI-CULTURAL ORAL HEALTH SUMMIT BY PROVIDING FREE DENTAL SCREENINGS & ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION TO LOCAL CHILDREN – Boca Raton, FL – As a prelude to the first-ever Multicultural Oral Health Summit hosted recently in Boca Raton by the National Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association and Society of American Indian Dentists, Colgate-Palmolive Company dispatched one of its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental vans to the Peter Blum Family YMCA to provide free dental screenings and oral health education for more than 150 children enrolled in Y programs. Amid a festival of music, activities and costumed characters, the children boarded the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures van for dental screenings, visited with Colgate mascot Dr. Rabbit, and took turns playing oral health games that emphasized the importance of maintaining good oral health habits.

Pictured taking part in the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures festival are (left to right): Dr. Rabbit; Lilia Larin, DDS, President, Hispanic Dental Association; Dr. Marsha Butler, Vice President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Company; Ruth W. Bol, DDS, MPH, President, Society of American Indian Dentists, and Roy L. Irons, DDS, President, National Dental Association.

The Multi-cultural Oral Health Summit provided dentists, auxiliaries, students, community leaders, corporations and other stakeholders interested in improving oral health a forum to discuss the issues that impact diverse communities across the nation.  Colgate’s fleet of Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental vans visit over 1,000 cities and towns each year in the U.S. and reach more than 10 million children.

Volume 22, Number 2 of Colgate Oral Care Report has been published and is now ready for your readership online. To access the complete issue, go to, then simply follow the links to the Oral Care Report. And be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to earn two credits through The Forsyth Institute’s interactive Professional CE Program.