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Give Kids A Smile: 'Like it' on Facebook!

February 03, 2012

By Karen Fox, ADA News staff

Help the ADA spread the word about Give Kids A Smile.

Program coordinators nationwide are encouraged to grab a digital camera to capture the highlights of today’s event.

The ADA News welcomes digital photo submissions from GKAS program participants—including candid pictures of children, dentists and team members interacting and clinical photos (patients in the chair, dental team in gloves, masks and protective eyewear).

Be sure to include identification of those pictured and facts about your event.

Send high-resolution photos for consideration for use in the ADA News and on ADA News Today (on to as soon as possible following your event.

Program coordinators can also post photos on the new ADA GKAS Facebook page( Clinical photos submitted for the site should also show dental professionals using universal precautions. Be sure to “like” GKAS on Facebook, too.

More than 1,500 GKAS events have registered on, and estimate they will treat nearly 405,000 children on or around Feb. 3.

More than 9,000 dentists and 29,000 other dental team members and lay volunteers will be providing care to kids in need through GKAS programs.

Programs are encouraged to register if they haven’t done so yet—either before or after their events, and all program coordinators/dentist participants are asked to report their actual program totals following their events. Log on to Give Kids A Smile.

GKAS corporate sponsors continue to generously support the program. Henry Schein Dental will provide professional dental kits containing gloves, patient bibs and bib holders, masks, plastic cups, tongue depressors, gauze pads, dental floss, prophy angles and paste, fluoride varnish and chair sleeves. Colgate Palmolive Co. has donated toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste. DEXIS Digital X-ray Systems will donate the use of their X-ray units and the expertise of their staff to U.S. dental schools requesting assistance, state associations and large group practices during GKAS.