Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) is an event that had its beginnings in St. Louis and has since spread to be a national event adopted by the American Dental Association. The Greater St. Louis Dental Society continues its twice-annual event while ADA hosts their nationwide Give Kids a Smile National Access Day the first Friday in February
Give Kids a Smile (St. Louis)
GKAS St. Louis has been providing free dental care and education for underserved children since 2002. It began with a few community-oriented dental professionals, plus the dedication of a multitude of volunteers and supporters in St. Louis.
These individuals launched the first GKAS event to provide underserved children with free, comprehensive dental care, including examinations, professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorations, oral surgery and x-rays.
GKAS St. Louis is a not-for-profit which continues working to eliminate the silent epidemic of dental disease for the millions of children who cannot sleep, eat properly, pay attention in school or simply smile. Learn more about the St. Louis GKAS and its upcoming events. You also can find GKAS St. Louis in Facebook.
Give Kids a Smile (ADA)
Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of the nation's dentists and their dental team members (including many in Missouri) provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country.
The ADA's GKAS program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. GKAS activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged families face in finding dental care.
While the first Friday of February is the recommended event date, GKAS programs can be successfully conducted during any month of the year. Some dentists may choose to pick another date that is more convenient to their schedule. Learn more about the ADA GKAS. You also can find GKAS ADA on Facebook.