Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) is a nationwide program sponsored by the American Dental Association that is held annually to:

  • Provide free dental services to qualifying children from low-income families
  • Raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease in local communities
  • Raise awareness of the need to build public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

The County’s Dental Health Initiative-Share the Care program, the San Diego Dental Health Foundation, First 5 San Diego, and eight community dental clinics are again coming together for the Annual GKAS event. They will be providing free screenings, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish to low-income children ages 1 to 18 years that have no dental resources on Saturday, February 25, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Did you know that 52 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost annually to children with cavities and emergencies? Cavities are infectious, painful, and can be prevented. Taking care of your children’s teeth and visiting a dentist regularly are important for good oral health. Taking care of your child’s teeth includes making sure they get dental sealants and/or fluoride varnish, which are a safe and painless way to protect teeth and help prevent cavities.

Fluoride varnish is a special fluoride coating painted on all teeth; and dental sealants are a special coating placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These services are cost effective and cost less than fixing a tooth if a cavity develops.

All public school children are required to have an oral health screening upon entering kindergarten and this event satisfies that requirement. Participants can receive a completed oral health assessment form for school.

Many children do not have a regular dentist and do not receive routine dental care and prevention services. “We hope that through this event families will gain not only needed services, but a dental home,” said Kym Hodge, Dental Health Initiative-Share the Care program manager.

Call 619-692-8858 to schedule an appointment today!

Click here to download the official event flier.

Choose from one of eight locations!

  1. San Ysidro South Bay Family Health and Dental Center
    330-340 E. 8th Street
    National City, CA 91950
  2. North County Health Services
    2216 El Camino Real #121-122
    Oceanside, CA 92054
  3. Operation Samahan
    10737 Camino Ruiz #235
    Mira Mesa, CA 92126
  4. Neighborhood Healthcare
    425 N. Date Street
    Escondido, CA 92025
  5. Mountain Health Santee Family Medicine
    120 Town Center Parkway
    Santee, CA 92071
  6. Fallbrook Family Health Center
    1328 S. Mission Road
    Fallbrook, CA 92028
  7. Vista Community Clinic Vale Terrace
    1000 Vale Terrace Drive
    Vista, CA 92084
  8. Diamond Neighborhood Family Health Center
    4725 Market Street
    San Diego, CA 92102