Give a Kid a Smile!

This year, Give Kids a Smile day is on February 5, 2021.

Since 2003, dental teams all across America have been coming together to help underserved kids get the dental care that they deserve.

The GKAS movement began in a run-down dental clinic in St. Louis where two dentists came together and helped over 400 kids receive free dental care. Dr. Jeff Dalin and Dr. B. Ray Storm managed to scrape together 15 dental chairs and held what is known as the first Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day. This grass-roots effort is what started off a nation-wide initiative to spread awareness of the importance of dental care on one’s overall health and to provide free dental work to kids that may not otherwise have access to it.

Today, GKAS events “provide free oral health education, screenings, preventive and restorative treatment to over 300,000 children,” according to the American Dental Associations website. For a list of this years GKAS event please click HERE or go to https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/give-kids-a-smile.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining in on the fun, you can host your very own GKAS event! The American Dental Association has all of the tools you will need to get the event started HERE.

Join the Virtual Kickoff Celebration today at 5 pm CST! You can Register HERE or go to https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/give-kids-a-smile.

To find more information on Give Kids a Smile Day visit the American Dental Association Website by clicking HERE.

 

Written By:

Aaron Wittbrodt

Event Planner

MPHI – Education and Training Services

2/4/2021

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