Give Kids a Smile – 1st Friday every February

GKAS logo (2)The Dental Societies of Pinellas County screen, clean teeth and treat more than 500 children in Pinellas County who otherwise would be unable to receive dental care.  In order to be eligible for free dental care, the child must be Medicaid eligible, but not covered by Medicaid. The parent or guardian must complete the paperwork authorizing dental treatment and will transport the child to the nearest clinic for the appointment.  

We are hoping to reach as many of our community’s underserved children as we can by partnering up with groups such as the Pinellas County School Board, the YMCA, the Resurrection House for homeless families and the Pinellas County School System.

Give Kids a Smile launched its first annual program in 2003 in the national, state and local arenas.  Nationally sponsored by the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association on the state level, our local association (Pinellas County Dental Association) joined this crusade to highlight the need for improved dental care for underprivileged children.  Nationally, an estimated 1 million children were seen last year at over 2500 locations.  At the statewide events, about 1,000 Florida Dental Association members participated and provided almost $1 million of free treatment.

Locally, the event sponsored by the dental societies of Pinellas County helped 544 children receive over $144,000 in services ranging from exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns and home care kits.  Almost 200 dentists, hygienists and assistants volunteered their time to treat these children. 

Space is limited, so call today to reserve a child’s spot for this great event with our local dentists and hygienists.