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Give Kids A Smile kicks off today

February 05, 2016 Today marks the 14th anniversary of the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile Day, and dental professionals from coast to coast are mobilizing to provide free oral health services to 300,000 children and adolescents from underserved families.

The national Give Kids A Smile kickoff event will take place today at Nova Southeastern University's College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Watch ADA News on and the Feb. 15 print edition of ADA News for coverage.

Give Kids A Smile has become the world's largest children's oral health charitable program and an access-to-care endeavor designed to encourage parents, health professionals and policymakers to address the year-round need for oral health care for all children.

Since 2003, GKAS volunteers have provided dental services to more than five million underserved children.

The ADA launched the national Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to include local and national events year-round.

Dentists and other team members volunteer their time and services to provide education, screenings and treatments to underserved children throughout the United States. Each year, about 300,000 underserved children benefit from 1,500 Give Kids A Smile events, all because of the efforts of more than 40,000 annual volunteers.

The Foundation's national Give Kids A Smile program would not be possible without thousands of dedicated volunteers and the continued support of sponsors Henry Schein, Colgate and DEXIS.

For more information about Give Kids A Smile, visit the GKAS page and for the latest news, visit the GKAS Facebook page and follow the ADA on Twitter. To tag or follow GKAS social media posts, use the hashtag #GKAS.