Give Kids A Smile Events
The Give Kids A Smile program encompasses a number of events and activities throughout the year.
- Give Kids A Smile Day
- GKAS & NASCAR
- ADA Foundation GKAS Gala
- GKAS Community Leadership Development Institute and Symposium
- GKAS Program Champions
- National Children's Dental Health Month
- Find Oral Care
More than 10 years ago the ADA began Give Kids A Smile, celebrated annually on the first Friday in February. The program was launched with these four objectives in mind:
- To demonstrate dentistry’s commitment to addressing access to care;
- To raise awareness of the high level of oral disease suffered by children primarily from low income families;
- To enable volunteer dental teams across the country to provide free dental care, screenings and education to children in need; and
- To urge policymakers to increase funding for children’s oral health.
In 2006 the ADA decided to look for ways to expand Give Kids A Smile to "More Than Just A Day". A National Advisory Committee was constituted to guide expansion efforts, focusing on three primary areas: program enhancement, fundraising and promising practices to highlight Give Kids A Smile program. The committee’s vision statement is:
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Our goal is the elimination of cavities in U.S. five year olds by 2020.
For the last two years, Give Kids A Smile has joined with the ADA Foundation, 3M ESPE and Henry Schien Cares to host screening and education events at select NASCAR races. Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M ESPE car, serves as ambassador of the program. In 2011, 175 children were provided oral health services at the Charlotte, North Carolina, Speedway and in 2012, approximately 300 children benefited at the Richmond International Speedway in Virginia. In 2013 Biffle helped bring more attention to the Give Kids A Smile program by winning a NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. Watch the video below where Biffle talks about his victory and Give Kids A Smile.
Greg Biffle had a smile on his hood – and on his face – when he pulled his special No. 16 3M Give Kids A Smile Ford Fusion into Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway on June 16, 2013. Not only did Biffle share the Give Kids A Smile message with millions of race fans watching the race, he gave the Give Kids A Smile program a big victory in the race for good dental health. Biffle’s No. 16 Ford Fusion featured the Give Kids A Smile logo on the hood, roof and bumper, along with the logos for 3M ESPE and Henry Schein Cares on the bumper, to help share the important dental health message. In addition, thousands of race fans visited the 3M display in the midway for fun family activities, education about healthy dental habits and prizes and a chance to meet Biffle on Saturday morning. 3M ESPE and Give Kids A Smile also hosted the Lewanee Boys & Girls Club at the track on Saturday for a special education program. “It was a great day for the Give Kids A Smile program,” said Dr. Robert Faiella. “You can see the enthusiasm that Greg Biffle has for this program and the way he shares that message with fans of all ages is incredibly powerful. The partnership with Greg and with NASCAR helps shine the spotlight on the need for dental care among our underserved children. And the children we connect with through NASCAR learn lifelong smart oral health habits that will truly impact their lives.”
Watch more about Greg Biffle's partnership with Give Kids A Smile.
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Each year the ADA Foundation sponsors a Give Kids A Smile Gala. The 2012 ADAF GKAS Gala raised more than $82,000 in new funds for Give Kids A Smile! Join us in raising funds and awareness for the program at the next Gala at the ADA Annual Session on November 1, 2013.Return to Top
Beginning in 2007, the annual GKAS Symposium brought together individuals who were given the opportunity to learn how to initiate, expand and/or enhance a GKAS program. Over the years, the symposium evolved and has now become the GKAS Community Leadership Development Institute. Held each October in St. Louis, 10 pre-selected individuals attend a 3-4 day intensive hands-on training. Participants receive comprehensive training from experienced GKAS staff. These individuals are looked upon as GKAS Ambassadors and can share their knowledge within their own communities.
Find more information about the:
- 2013 Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute
- Give Kids A Smile Symposium Proceedings
The GKAS National Advisory Committee has invited seven like-minded programs to champion the cause and join the ADA in building one central voice advocating for oral health care for underserved children.
The programs selected share GKAS’s same vision and goals.
- America's Dentist Care Foundation (Mission of Mercy)
- Colgate's Bright Smiles Bright Futures
- Henry Schein Cares: Healthy Children, Healthy Lifestyles
- National Museum of Dentistry
- Smiles Change Lives
- National Association of School Nurses
Give Kids A Smile is an annual centerpiece to National Children's Dental Health Month NCDHM is celebrated during the entire month of February. NCDHN focuses on providing oral health education to all children despite their economic status. Learn more about National Children's Dental Health Month.Return to Top
Give Kids A Smile is an access to dental care program. Find out if there is a program in your area.Return to Top