Since 2003 when the Wisconsin Dental Association joined the American Dental Association in launching Give Kids A Smile®, dentists, dental team members, dental and hygiene students and community volunteers have provided $8.9 million in care to 69,700 youngsters in Wisconsin.
WDA dentists work with community clinics, public health departments or school nurses to identify and treat children most in need of dental care. Some dental component societies also organize a large-scale GKAS® event in cooperation with a specific youth or social service organization.
In other Wisconsin communities, groups of school children welcome WDA dentists into their classrooms to learn about good daily oral hygiene practices, while other students visit private dental practices where they receive basic services such as teeth cleaning and exams.
Because GKAS® activities vary substantially across Wisconsin depending on local dentist involvement, the WDA does not make referrals for care.