Give Kids A Smile®
Learn how to help underserved kids in your community through Give Kids A Smile. Read more below.
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Helping Children Through Give Kids A Smile
Be a part of the GKAS movement!
Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.
Each year Give Kids A Smile day is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February. GKAS events are intended to be touch points for children who do not receive dental care, for whatever reason. The ultimate goal for a GKAS program should be to establish a dental home for these children - in other words, provide continuity of care.
Although collectively we have made a huge impact through GKAS over the past 13 years, there is still more work to be done. You can learn more about how the GKAS program began in the Gratitude Report, or if you would like to join the GKAS movement and host your own event, please visit the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox or the FAQ page.
We thank you for your continued support of Give Kids A Smile, and we wish you much success with your 2015 events!