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Community Involvement

Give Kids a Smile

 A child meets Ronald McDonald at a Give Kids a Smile event.

The ODA participates in numerous access to care events, many geared to the oral health of  our most vulnerable populations. One of the biggest annual events to help Ohio children is Give Kids a Smile, a year-round children’s access event. In the first 11 years of GKAS, Ohio dental volunteers have provided more than $10,700,000 in free dental services to over 207,000 children in need! The official date of the next GKAS is Friday, February 6, 2015.

Event Resources

For media information, contact the ODA's Department of Public Service at (614) 486-2700.

Dentists give free screenings in the Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures mobile unit, which has partnered with the ODA for its GKAS programs for the last four years.

Click here to report the value of services from your Give Kids a Smile events. This information is used collectively to report the value of services and programs provided by the Ohio dental community to media, legislators and other similar groups. The form also includes a place to record the estimated value of additional services that may be offered to children diagnosed to be in need of dental care for services after the Give Kids a Smile 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.

For additional information on Give Kids a Smile, contact the ODA Department of Public Service.