“Give Kids A Smile” Countywide Dental Sealant/Fluoride Varnish Event Is Back!

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

Smile Baby! Pediatric Oral Health Basics

Educational Quality Circles for Health Professionals and Para-Professionals.

Tuesday, April 5th from 8:30 am – 9:30 am in the City Heights Center Building Basement Conference Room. (4305 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92105)

Presented by Dr. Taras, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.


For more information, please contact Lisa Bain at California Border Healthy Start: (619) 791-2610  x302.  

Click Below for a PDF Version of the Flier:

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NHA Dental Health Awareness Workshop Event

Friday, March 25th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Tubman Chavez Center (415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114).

  • No-cost dental screenings (with NO AGE LIMIT!)
  • Fun parent/child activities
  • No-cost oral health workshops for parents/guardians, and a
  • Goody bag upon completion of activities!

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It’s Preteen Vaccine Week!

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Preteen Vaccine Week (PVW) is February 7-13, and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency urges parents to make sure their preteens are immunized against these serious diseases like HPV (Human papillomavirus), meningitis, flu and pertussis (whooping cough).

PVW is a part of Live Well San Diego, a countywide initiative to improve the health and well-being of our community. One strategy for Live Well San Diego is to Support Positive Choices. When people choose to get immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, they build better health in their community, contributing to the Live Well San Diego vision of a Healthy, Safe and Thriving San Diego County. 

Oral Health Providers can help promote the importance of the HPV vaccine…

  • HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. Protect your preteen today. Learn more: #PreteenVax
  • There’s a new cancer epidemic on the rise. It’s an aggressive throat and mouth cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Each year, in the U.S., about 9,000 people are diagnosed with cancers of the oropharynx that may be caused by HPV. Cancers of the oropharynx are about four times more common in men than women.