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GKAS 2015: Slideshow features smiles from coast to coast

Dentists and dental teams celebrate 2015 Give Kids A Smile Day nationwide

February 12, 2015
A princess in waiting: Second-year dental students Lori Wycliffe (left), dressed as Cinderella, and Mimi Bankiewicz, dressed as a fairy, pose with Lacie Bolin, 8, as she waits to be treated at the GKAS national kickoff in Mesa, Ariz. Read more.
All smiles: The 2015 Give Kids A Smile national kickoff began Feb. 5 at A.T. Still University's School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Ariz. From left, Candy Ross, director of industry and professional relations for DEXIS; Dr. Jeff Dalin, GKAS founder; ADA President Maxine Feinberg; Dr. Jack Dillenberg, ATSU dental school dean; Gene Wurth, ADA Foundation executive director; Michele Penrose, director of professional relations for Henry Schein Dental; and Dr. Barbara Shearer, director of scientific affairs at Colgate.
Smiling in the sun: ADA President Maxine Feinberg Feb. 6 embraces a dental student and Bucky, the Ram of Reason at the GKAS national kickoff in Mesa, Ariz.
Playing with your food: A student stops by the Super Chefs of the Universe tent Feb. 6 at the GKAS event at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz.
Fairy godmother: Dr. Michael Thompson, chair of the Arizona Dental Foundation board (left) and Gene Wurth, executive director of the ADA Foundation, smile with second-year dental student Mimi Bankiewicz, Feb. 6 at the GKAS national kickoff event at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz.
Apples and smiles: Dr. Catherine Wilcox of Battle Creek, Mich., takes a break Feb. 6 from the Give Kids A Smile Day educational event she hosts for all 4-year-old students enrolled in the Battle Creek Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program. She started her program in 2003.
Safety first: A child wears a mask during Give Kids A Smile Day, held Feb. 6 at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, N.Y. He was among the 900 children who attended the annual event which was held in partnership with the ADA, the New York State Dental Association and the 8th District Dental Society.
Brushing teeth: A child opens her mouth for brushing during the Feb. 6 Give Kids A Smile Day at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, N.Y. She was among the 900 young children and their parents who attended the annual event to enjoy dental-related activities and games, and receive health education and dental screenings.
Leaders: (From left) Gale R. Burstein, M.D., Erie County  health commissioner; U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins; Dr. M. Dian Chin Kit-Wells; Dr. Paul Creighton, interim chair Pediatric and Community Dentistry; Oswaldo Mestre, Jr., director, Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services; and Dr. Michael Glick, dean of University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, pose for a picture Feb. 6 during Give Kids A Smile Day at the dental school in Buffalo, N.Y.
Georgia: Dr. Scott Henderson and dental assistant Savanna Ray treat one of about 60 children who came Feb. 6 to Advanced Dental Associates in Cummings, Ga., for Give Kids A Smile.
Thumbs up: University of Louisville School of Dentistry dental student Lauren Palmer (left) prepares instruments while fellow dental student Stephen Klement gives a thumbs up with their patient Feb. 6 at the Smile Kentucky! Dental Treatment Day held at the school in observance of Give Kids A Smile Day.
Co-chairs: Dr. Joseph Brofsky (left) and Dr. Michael Schreck, co-chairs of the Nassau County Dental Society 2015 GKAS Day, were on hand for the event Feb. 6 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y.
Real smiles: Children play with goofy smile fans while participating Feb. 6 in the Nassau County Dental Society 2015 GKAS Day at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y.
Can't wait: Volunteers line up to help out Feb. 6 at the Nassau County Dental Society 2015 GKAS Day at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y.
GKAS at University of Pittsburg: Dr. Adriana Vieira, professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry (standing) speaks with Dr. James Busch, resident in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, as patient Hapreet Kumar looks on Jan. 30 during the Give Kids A Smile event at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
Caring hands: Dr. Perry Sarle treats a young patient, Caleb Hosier, 4, during Lewis Center Family Dentistry's Give Kids A Smile event Jan. 31 in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Patient kid: Caleb Hosier, 4, received free oral health treatment Jan. 31 during Lewis Center Family Dentistry's Give Kids A Smile event Jan. 31, courtesy of Dr. Perry Sarle, in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Smile break: Dr. Tom Broderick, Georgia Dental Association president-elect, removed his mask for a moment to show off his winning smile before resuming treatment of a young patient in the Feb. 6 Give Kids A Smile Day event hosted at Savannah Technical College in Georgia. The GDA, Southeastern Dental District, the Savannah Dental Society and Savannah Technical College's Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting department coordinated the event in partnership.
Spreading the news: Dr. Felix Maher discusses plans for the Feb. 6 Give Kids A Smile Day hosted at Savannah Technical College in Georgia on a local television news program. The GDA, Southeastern Dental District, the Savannah Dental Society and Savannah Technical College's Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting department coordinated the event in partnership.