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2015 Give a Kids A Smile gets underway in Arizona

February 06, 2015
2015 GKAS AZ
All smiles: The 2015 Give Kids A Smile national kickoff began Feb. 5 at the A.T. Still University's School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona. From left, Candy Ross, director of industry and professional relations for DEXIS; Dr. Jeff Dalin, GKAS founder; ADA President Maxine Feinberg; Dr. Jack Dillenberg, dean of the ATSU dental school; Gene Wurth, executive director of the ADA Foundation; Michele Penrose, director of professional relations for Henry Schein Dental; and Dr. Barbara Shearer, director of scientific affairs at Colgate.

Mesa, Arizona — Programs across the country today are observing the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, now in its 13th year.

A.T. Still University's School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa hosted the official national kickoff last night. Hundreds of children in need of dental care will visit the dental school today, where volunteer dentists, faculty and students will provide dental services such as cleanings, sealants, fillings and extractions.

Give Kids A Smile is the ADA’s premier access-to-care program encompassing more than 1,500 GKAS events held throughout the year around the country, providing dental services to approximately 350,000 underserved children. Thousands of dentists nationwide will offer free oral health services to hundreds of thousands of underserved children. 

Support for the 2015 GKAS program comes from national sponsors Henry Schein, Colgate and DEXIS.

Use #GKAS on Twitter and Facebook for a look at what’s happening around the country.