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About Give Kids a Smile

History

The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids A Smile program nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time, and services, to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.

The ADA's Give Kids A Smile® program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged families face in finding dental care. Read about the accomplishments of the GKAS program during the first 10 years in our Gratitude Report (PDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions such as: how to plan an event, identify children for an event, product sign up deadlines and process, using the GKAS logo and other information, on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Find Dental Care

Give Kids A Smile is an access to dental care program. To find out if there is a program in your area, visit the Find Care page.

Sponsors

Give Kids A Smile would not be possible without the generous support of our corporate sponsors, which have provided millions of dollars worth of products and services. Read more about the support of Henry Schein, Colgate and Dexis.

News Coverage & Newsletters

Read about the impact of Give Kids A Smile in several ADA News stories, or submit your photos and stories for possible publication in the ADA News.

You can also read about the Give Kids A Smile news in the latest ADA Members Making a Difference newsletter.

Supporting GKAS

It is through the generous financial support of our corporate relationships, dentists, GKAS coordinators, volunteers and other supporters that Give Kids A Smile is able to continue to help so many children every year. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution (PDF) to the ADA Foundation GKAS Fund so we can continue to expand these efforts for years to come.

Contact Us

We’re here to help. Please contact us with your questions and ideas at gkas@ada.org or 312.440.4600.

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