Children's Dental Health

National Children's Dental Health Month

The ADA and its Foundation annually provide materials to celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in February. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. You can access a wealth of promotional information through the National Children's Dental Health Month website.

If you're a dentist or community member and want to promote CDHM (or another event at a different time of year) the MDA can provide both a display and/or materials to help you. The MDA Foundation maintains a limited inventory of oral health products. Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and dependent on availability. See form for donation parameters. Click for Donation Request Form. 

Points of Light

A program which strives to connect 1-year-old infants with a dental home by creating a collaborative community between pediatricians and family practitioners and pediatric or general dentists willing to perform oral examinations. Click to learn more.

ADA Give Kids a Smile

With the support of the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than six million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. Click to learn more.

Greater St. Louis Give Kids a Smile

In the spring of 2002, a few community oriented dental professionals with the dedication of a multitude of volunteers and supporters in St. Louis launched the first Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) event to provide underserved children with free, comprehensive dental care, including examinations, professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorations, oral surgery and x-rays. Give Kids A Smile – 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. Click to learn more.