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Get ready for Give Kids A Smile 2018

October 02, 2017

The ADA Foundation is reminding Give Kids A Smile program coordinators to register their events by Nov. 6 to be eligible to receive donated product kits.

Give Kids A Smile celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017, and program coordinators can visit to sign up their programs for 2018 and check out resources.

The Henry Schein Dental product treatment kit includes gloves, patient bibs, gauze pads, prophy angles, prophy paste, fluoride varnish, dental sealants and more.
The Colgate consumer dental product kit includes toothbrush, toothpaste, oral health education card and GKAS bag.

Through the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the ADA in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. In 2017, these free services were provided by more than 30,000 dental team members, 8,000 of whom are dentists. GKAS would not be possible without the continued support of national sponsors Henry Schein, Colgate and KaVo Kerr.

Each year, Give Kids A Smile is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February. GKAS events do not have to take place in February. Many GKAS events take place throughout the year, such as GKAS back-to-school events that take place in August. GKAS events are intended as touch points for children who do not receive dental care. The ultimate goal is to establish a dental home for these children and continuity of care, according to the ADA Foundation website.

Coordinators can visit to view the Give Kids A Smile Increasing Continuity of Care webinar, which was presented May 30. The webinar covers strategies for increasing continuity of dental care for kids in need. Topics include how to conduct outreach to families and recruit children who are uninsured, and how program coordinators can refer families to apply for coverage. The website also includes the GKAS Toolbox for program planning guides, sample forms, letters and other materials.

Dentists with questions about Give Kids A Smile can email