If you’re a dentist or oral health professional looking for a way to give back to your local community, the ADA Foundation’s 15th annual Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program may be the right opportunity for you.
Registration is now open for GKAS 2017, and Henry Schein is calling for volunteers.
Launched in 2003, GKAS helps raise awareness of the critical need to expand access to oral health care for children in the U.S. The program provides a range of free oral health services to underserved children, including education, screenings and treatment. GKAS is the result of a public-private partnership between the ADA Foundation, Henry Schein, DEXIS, and Colgate-Palmolive. Henry Schein has served as the program’s official professional products sponsor since its inception and has donated more than $14 million in oral health care products used to provide free oral health services to more than 5.5 million children.
It’s a big commitment to fight a big problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental caries is the most common chronic disease of children ages 6 to 11 and adolescents ages 12 to 19.
Through GKAS this year, an estimated 300,000 underserved children are receiving care at 1,300 locations across the country. Nearly 30,000 dental team volunteers and more than 7,000 dentists have donated their time and talents.
To learn more about the program and register, visit adafoundation.org/gkas. More information is available on the “15 Reasons to Give Kids a Smile” blog or in the video seen below.