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  "It’s important that dentists volunteer internationally. But let’s not forget about the kids in our own back yard."

Jeffrey Dalin, D.D.S.
Co-Founder, Give Kids A Smile
St. Louis, Missouri

The ADA Foundation promotes and funds programs that bring oral care and education to low-income communities and underserved rural areas where people might not otherwise receive dental care. Whether the need is teaching children good lifetime oral care habits, providing emergency dental care or supporting older adults with care that improves their health and quality of life, Foundation programs nationwide connect people with networks of dental and health professionals who make a difference in their lives.

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IMAGE: Give Kids A Smile dentist and patient

Restoring Smiles and Lives

Ramping up its commitment to improve oral health for children in underserved U.S. communities, last year the ADA Foundation joined with the ADA to expand Give Kids A Smile (GKAS), a nationwide volunteer initiative to provide dental care at no charge for children who lack access. The Foundation and its GKAS National Advisory Board have been raising funds to expand and strengthen programs that succeed in delivering restorative dental care that makes a difference in children’s lives. Grants will be made to programs nominated by state and local dental societies, and the ADA Foundation will administer the grants.

"I have to tell you of the changes I have seen in one of our students... she had been disruptive in class... absent from school, often involved in angry outbursts... and more and more disheveled... She had quite a bit of work done at the [GKAS] clinic, including having a tooth pulled. Since then, she’s come to school with clean clothes, her hair combed, and a much nicer disposition. I think she had been in constant pain with her tooth and is finally feeling better!"

S. G., Middle School Guidance Counselor, St. Louis, Missouri