Give Kids A Smile®
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Learn how to help underserved kids in your community through Give Kids A Smile. Read more below.
Give Kids A Smile would not be possible without support from our sponsors. Thank you! View our sponsors.
2016 Product Recipient List
The 2016 Give Kids A Smile Product Recipient List is available. Product kits were shipped to recipients by the week of January 18, 2016. We thank you for your commitment to the GKAS national movement, and a special thank you to our generous sponsors, Henry Schein, Colgate, and DEXIS for their support.
Helping Children Through Give Kids A Smile
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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.
Give Kids A Smile began in 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri. 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.
GKAS couldn't exist without the generous support of our GKAS program sponsors, with a special thank-you to the GKAS Day sponsors that provide support to GKAS programs nationwide.
Congratulations to this year's Smile Champion Award winners, Dr. Cavan Brunsden and the New Jersey Dental Association team, winners of the Jeff Dalin, D.D.S. Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award; and Colgate, winner of the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award. Read more.
We thank you for your continued support of Give Kids A Smile, and we wish you much success with your 2015 events!