MELVILLE, N.Y., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will open the NASDAQ Stock Market in Times Square today in celebration of FDI World Dental Federation's "World Oral Health Day". Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, will be joined for the NASDAQ open by leaders of FDI and the American Dental Association (ADA), "World Oral Health Day" global sponsors Listerine® Brand and Unilever, and other leading dental professionals to recognize the integral importance of oral health to total health.
"As the world's largest provider of dental solutions to oral health practitioners we are committed to partnering with the global dental profession to enhance oral health care around the world," said Mr. Bergman. "Through Henry Schein Cares, our global corporate social responsibility program, we are committed to participating in public-private partnerships that help to advance oral health care and other complex global health issues. We are grateful to the NASDAQ for providing us with an important platform for global visibility, as we open the stock market in celebration of "World Oral Health Day", and we are grateful to our partners for our shared commitment to achieving optimal global oral health."
The theme of FDI's World Oral Health Day 2013, "Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life," underscores the importance of oral health to overall health and well-being. Around the world, FDI member dental associations, dental industry leaders such as Henry Schein, Listerine® Brand, and Unilever, schools, and other groups will use the day as a platform for action to promote the prevention of oral disease and enhanced access to oral care for underserved communities around the world.
"We applaud the commitment of Henry Schein, as well as our global sponsors of World Oral Health Day, Listerine® Brand and Unilever, and the American Dental Association for coming together to help raise the visibility of World Oral Health Day 2013," said Dr. Orlando Monteiro da Silva, President, FDI. "Through the shared commitment and visionary leadership of these organizations and others, we look forward to achieving our goal of "Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life."
World Oral Health Day was created at the 2007 FDI Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC) in Dubai to raise awareness of the importance of healthy teeth, gums and mouths.
"Unfortunately, there is a misconception that oral disease only affects the mouth. Treating oral disease is essential for an individual's well-being. And for people with chronic conditions, reducing disease has the potential to improve their overall health," said Dr. Robert A. Faiella, President, ADA. "Our mission is to foster the success of our diverse membership and advance the oral health of the public. World Oral Health Day gives us an important opportunity to share this message of total health with the global community."
Stanley Bergman will open the NASDAQ Market at 9:30 a.m. at 4 Times Square. For multimedia features such as exclusive content, photo postings, status updates and video of ceremonies please visit http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ or for news tweets, please visit, http://twitter.com/nasdaqomx. A live webcast will also be available at http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.
About FDI World Dental Federation
FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in oral health promotion activities worldwide. FDI's membership includes approximately 200 national member associations and specialist groups from more than 130 countries.
About Unilever Oral Care
Unilever Oral Care is a leading global manufacturer of oral care products, including toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash, represented by brands including Signal, Close Up, Aim, P/S and ZhongHua. Unilever recognises that good oral health and the sense of well-being and confidence it brings, is a vital element to making people look good, feel good and get more out of life and that small every day actions, such as twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, add up to make a big difference for the world. Through its science, products, partnerships and international network, Unilever Oral Care is privileged with the power to make a sustainable and measurable improvement to oral health around the world.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs more than 15,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 775,000 customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 25 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $8.9 billion in 2012, and have grown at a compound annual rate of 17 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.