ADA announces commencement of 2021 Give Kids a Smile program
The 19th annual Give Kids a Smile program virtually kicked off this month with more than 1,000 events across the country providing free dental health care to thousands of underserved children with the help of more than 8,100 dentists and 17,000 dental health team members.
While this event is celebrated during the month of February, events will continue throughout the entire year. Since its launch in 2003, the GKAS program has provided dental health care to more than 6 million underserved children.
In 2021, program volunteers will deliver much-needed oral health care and education to approximately 300,000 underserved children. The start of the 2021 GKAS program has already launched efforts across the country in providing free oral health education, screenings and preventative and restorative treatment alongside oral health product kits.
“Helping 300,000 children in need is something to smile about, especially during this challenging time,” said ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, DDS, MD. “This year’s program is also the first step in helping families find a dental home where they can receive ongoing care.”
This effort would not be possible without the sponsors who have consistently supported the Give Kids a Smile program. With the support of sponsors Colgate-Palmolive, Henry Schein Inc. and Indian Health Services, GKAS is able to provide treatment and education kits for thousands of children who otherwise would not have access to these resources.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented year for the GKAS program.
“Although the program looks a little different this year, GKAS will go on with enhanced safety and infection control protocols in place,” Klemmedson said.
For more information about GKAS, its sponsors or events in your area, visit ada.org/GKAS or visit the GKAS Facebook page.