Registration open for Give Kids a Smile 2017

Registration is underway for Give Kids A Smile 2017, the ADA’s annual volunteer initiative to provide dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children. GKAS program coordinators should sign up by Nov. 7 in order to be eligible to receive free product donations to support their volunteer efforts. New this year, each professional product kit will contain an introductory sealant kit, which can provide approximately 140 sealant applications.

Give Kids A Smile will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2017, and will announce more news soon about how participants can help the program mark this milestone. Until then, program participants can visit the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox for resources such as sample forms, letters, posters and ads, along with step-by-step event planning instructions.

Give Kids A Smile is part of the ADA’s Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement aimed at ending the dental health crisis in the U.S. It is designed to address the dental health crisis by providing care now to people who are suffering from untreated disease; strengthening and expanding the public and private safety net; and bringing disease prevention and education into communities.

Dentists and dental professionals interested in participating in Give Kids a Smile 2017 are encouraged to contact their local dental societies for information on events in their communities. For more information on Give Kids a Smile, email GKAS or call 312.440.4600.

Related Items

Beginning in January 2017, dentists in select California counties will have an opportunity to participate in an innovative pilot that seeks to assess and manage caries risk and emphasize the provision of preventive services to Denti-Cal-enrolled children ages 6 and under.

The Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign has partnered again with Scholastic to offer resources for parents to reinforce their children’s good teeth-brushing habits. Dentists can visit or direct parents to Scholastic’s Healthy Teeth webpage for a list of recommended books about brushing along with downloadable bilingual materials.

Hospital systems have been critical supporters of CDA Cares since 2013. Every year, due to the lack of effective and adequately funded government safety net programs, thousands of individuals seek treatment for dental pain and infection in hospital emergency rooms, compounding an already strained system.