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Share your GKAS photos with us

January 12, 2017 Give Kids A Smile program coordinators are encouraged to have their cameras ready to capture the festivities of their events.

Feb. 3 is the national Give Kids A Smile Day kickoff and also marks the program's 15th anniversary.

ADA News and the ADA Foundation welcome digital photo submissions from GKAS program participants, including candid pictures of children, dentists and team members interacting with one another, as well as clinical photos of patients in the dental chair. Please ensure that dental team members are wearing gloves, masks, protective eyewear and gowns and include identification of those pictured and facts about the event.

Send high-resolution pictures for consideration in the ADA News and online to adanews@ada.org as soon as possible following the event,

Program coordinators can also post photos on the Foundation's GKAS Facebook page using the hashtag #GKAS. Clinical photos submitted on Facebook must show dental professionals using universal precautions, and program coordinators must have signed release forms for photos they share.

The Foundation is also seeking GKAS photos for use in promotional materials. Pictures for this purpose must be accompanied by a signed photo release form for each subject in the photo. The release form may be downloaded from the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox on ADAFoundation.org.

As of Jan. 10, 1,354 events have registered, and it is estimated that they will treat more than 288,000 kids on or around Feb. 3. Nearly 8,000 dentists and more than 23,000 other dental team members and lay volunteers will be providing free oral health care to kids in need through GKAS programs.

Coordinators are encouraged to register their GKAS events if they haven't done so yet, and all program coordinators are asked to report their actual program totals following their events.

Henry Schein Dental, Colgate and KaVo Kerr are the national sponsors of Give Kids A Smile, and 3M will donate 3,000 introductory sealant kits to the ADA Foundation, which will help GKAS volunteers place more than 400,000 sealants on underserved kids' teeth in 2017. CareCredit, the founding donor of the Give Kids A Smile Fund, has donated $1 million to the program since the Fund's inception.

Visit ADAFoundation.org or email GKAS@ADA.org for more information.