Give Kids A Smile, ADA Foundation
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What is Give Kids A Smile?

The Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) program, launched nationally in 2003, provides underserved children with free oral health care. Each year approximately 6,500 dentists and 30,000 dental team members volunteer at local GKAS events to provide free oral health education, screenings, preventive and restorative treatment to over 300,000 children.

How do I sign up my child for GKAS?

You must make an appointment at one of the participating GKAS locations in order for your child to be seen. ​Please check back in December for a schedule of participating locations.

Which location should I call?

Make an appointment at any location that is convenient for you. Remember that appointments fill quickly. Be sure to keep your appointment!

I have dental insurance and my child sees a dentist regularly. Can I still make a GKAS appointment?

Give Kids A Smile is meant to help children who cannot otherwise afford to see a dentist. Although participating locations rarely turn anyone away, parents

Who will my child see during GKAS?

Depending on the location you select, your child will see one or more of the following volunteers: a dentist, dental assistant or hygienist.

What will the dentist do?

In most cases the child will receive a dental check-up, followed by a cleaning, fluoride treatment or sealants. If you child has decayed teeth, the dentist may provide fillings or perform extractions and other treatment as needed. Not all services are provided at each location. If your child is in pain or you know he or she has a cavity, be sure to mention this when making your appointment.

Will the volunteer treat all my child's dental problems?

If you child has severe dental problems, it may not be possible for all his treatment to be completed in one visit. In that case, the dentist may ask you to return another time to complete treatment at no charge. Or, you may be referred to a clinic or agency that will complete treatment. Remember, not all services are provided at each location. If you know your child has a specific dental problem or is in pain, mention it to the receptionist when making the appointment.

Who manages the GKAS program?

GKAS NJ is a program of the New Jersey Dental Association, working with the American Dental Association Foundation. GKAS NJ also works with the NJ Association of Orthodontists to provide referrals to children who need braces. In New Jersey, GKAS is supported by Colgate, Delta Dental of NJ and Henry Schein Dental.

For more donated dental services, visit our Dental Clinics & Programs page.