The nationwide program, Give Kids A Smile (GKAS), was designed to provide oral health care and education to underserved children. Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers. Celebrating its 12th year, the national Give Kids A Smile kickoff event will be held at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The ADA offers information, planning guides, and some supplies for the event.
A generous grant from the United Ways of Texas allowed us to create Cavity Free Corral, an education program that teaches children and adults the importance of proper nutrition and oral hygiene habits. TDA Smiles Foundation is happy to fund the costs of providing these educational materials, as disease prevention is the first step in creating healthy smiles.
Fluoride Fest is an interactive event that serves the youngest members of Texas communities. While attending Fluoride Fest, children circulate around five learning stations. At one station, dentists and dental professionals provide children with a free, limited dental exam, and optional topical fluoride varnish. Other stations provide nutritional counseling, healthy snacks and fluoridated bottled water, interactive learning such as general oral hygiene, primary dentition, and physical fitness. Upon completion of all stations, those identified by the dentist are eligible to receive free dental sealants. These are applied by registered dental hygienists, onsite, using portable chairs, units, and supplies.