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About Give Kids A Smile

The Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) program, launched nationally in 2003, provides underserved children with free oral health care. Each year approximately 6,500 dentists and 30,000 dental team members volunteer at local GKAS events to provide free oral health education, screenings, preventive and restorative treatment to over 300,000 children.

GKAS events kick off annually on the first Friday in February, which is Give Kids A Smile Day. GKAS events are held throughout the year.

To-date, over 6 million underserved children have received free oral health services through the GKAS program.

Give Kids A Smile Vision

To ensure access to quality oral healthcare for all children.

History of Give Kids A Smile

From humble beginnings to more than 6 million kids served

In 2002, Drs. Jeff Dalin and B. Ray Storm held the first Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) event in a run-down, soon-to-be-demolished dental clinic in St. Louis, where 15 patient chairs were scraped together to deliver free dental care to nearly 400 children.

The ADA recognized that this grassroots effort had great potential to raise awareness nationally about the importance of oral health to overall health, and about the staggering need that exists among millions of children who go without care. So, in 2003, Give Kids A Smile evolved into a nationwide program with the goal of providing free oral health care to underserved children.

GKAS National Advisory Committee Members

Barbara Shearer, BDS, MDS, PhD
Barbara Shearer, BDS, MDS, PhD
Committee Chair

Director of Scientific Affairs
Colgate-Palmolive Company


Barbara Shearer, BDS, MDS, PhD
Betsey Baumann-Smeenge, DDS, MS
GKAS Ambassador


Ann Bruck

Ann Bruck
Global Scientific Affairs and Education Leader
3M Oral Care Solutions Division


Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS
Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS
GKAS Ambassador
Co-Founder, GKAS St. Louis


Jennifer Kim Field
Jennifer Kim Field
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Henry Schein Inc. and
Executive Director, Henry Schein Cares Foundation


David M. Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP
David M. Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics member


Billie Sue Kyger, DDS
Billie Sue Kyger, DDS
ADA Board of Trustee Member


Angela Martinez
Angela Martinez
VP, Strategic Associations and Dental Health Policy
CareCredit


Amy Moorman, IOM
Amy Moorman, IOM
Vice President, Operations
Dental Trade Alliance

Mega Sata, DDS
Mega Sata, DDS
GKAS Ambassador


James D. Stephens, DDS
James D. Stephens, DDS
ADA Board of Trustee Member

 

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