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What is Give Kids A Smile?

Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5 million undeserved 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.

Each year, here in NJ, more than 100 dental practices and clinics participate in this one-day event. In 2023, we are expanding the Give Kids A Smile program and celebrating all month long.

Give Kids A Smile will begin the National Kickoff on February 3, 2023.  New Jersey locations and dates can be found using the link below.

Click Here for New Jersey GKAS Locations

Give Kids A Smile began in 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri. Each year Give Kids A Smile day is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February. GKAS events are intended to be touch points for children who do not receive dental care, for whatever reason. The ultimate goal for a GKAS program should be to establish a dental home for these children - in other words, provide continuity of care.


Share a Smile
Does your child need additional dental care beyond what was provided during Give Kids A Smile? Share a Smile is an extension of Give Kids A Smile that provides FREE dental care for children screened during GKAS from February through May.

Donated Orthodontic Services

The Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) program has provided orthodontic treatment for over 1,000 children from families with a financial need during this critical time in their development where bullying and self-esteem issues are prevalent.