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Share your Give Kids A Smile photos with us

January 22, 2018 Give Kids A Smile program coordinators are encouraged to have their cameras ready to capture the festivities of their events.

Feb. 2 is the national Give Kids A Smile Day kickoff, which will be held in Columbus, Ohio, at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Image of camera iconADA 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 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

As of early January, 1,300 GKAS events are registered for 2018. The ADA Foundation estimates that nearly 300,000 children will receive free oral health care services from nearly 7,000 dentist volunteers, along with more than 23,000 other dental team members and lay volunteers.

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 again 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 2018. CareCredit, the founding donor of the Give Kids A Smile Fund, has donated more than $1 million to the program since the Fund's inception.

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