Give Kids a Smile 2019 kicks off Feb. 1

Volunteer initiative provides dental care to underserved children

Local dental societies are teaming up with the ADA once again for the annual Give Kids a Smile program, a volunteer initiative to provide dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children.

Give Kids a Smile kicks off the first Friday in February to coincide with National Children’s Dental Health Month. This year, the date is Feb. 1; however, GKAS programs can take place throughout the year.

Since 2003, the program has provided care to more than 5.5 million children. Approximately 10,000 dentists and 30,000 dental team members nationwide provide free services to qualifying individuals annually. GKAS events can focus on screenings, education, such as through school presentations, or treatment and restoration in small or large settings.

Coordinators can visit the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox for resources such as sample forms and letters, as well as posters and educational handouts in English and Spanish. Step-by-step instructions for event planning are also available and are especially helpful for program coordinators.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

“Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile” is the message being promoted as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. Downloadable posters in English and Spanish and a 2019 planning guide that includes activities that encourage good oral health habits are available on the NCDHM webpage.

To participate in GKAS 2019 events, contact your local dental society or email GKAS to inquire about events in your area. Learn more about GKAS at adafoundation.org.

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