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Community Involvement

Give Kids a Smile

One of the smiling faces who received care through the GKAS program.

One of the biggest annual events to help Ohio children is Give Kids a Smile program, a year-round children’s access event. Dentists and dental professionals volunteer their time to provide screenings, treatments and oral health education to Ohio children. In 12 years of GKAS, Ohio dental volunteers have provided more than $11 million to over 215,000 children in need!

If you are interested in holding a GKAS event in your community, please contact the ODA's Department of Public Service at (614) 486-2700. You can learn more about hosting a GKAS event by checking out the resources posted below.

Event Resources

Ronald McDonald greets a GKAS patient.

Annual GKAS reports are used collectively to report the value of services and programs provided by the Ohio dental community to media, legislators and other similar groups. Be sure to report the value of services from your GKAS event!

Join the ADA, ODA and other state and component dental societies throughout the U.S. to bring smiles to the faces of children when Give Kids a Smile kicks off on February 6, 2015.

Dentists who participate in Give Kids a Smile are eligible for up to four hours of Volunteer Continuing Education (CE) credit per biennium. For more information on CE requirements, click here.

For additional information on Give Kids a Smile, contact the ODA Department of Public Service by calling (614) 486-2700.