Providing free dental care for underserved children in the St. Louis Region
Give Kids A Smile started in 2000 in St. Louis by a few community oriented dental professionals in response to the need of better dental hygiene for kids in low income communities. Through the dedication of dentists and volunteers and the support of schools, organizations, corporations, and individuals, Give Kids A Smile has provided comprehensive dental care to children without private dental insurance since the first clinic in February 2002. Clinics are conducted twice each year at the Center for Advanced Dental Education at St. Louis University. Comprehensive dental care, home hygiene supplies, education materials, lunch and fun are provided free of charge in a kid-friendly environment.
Soon after beginning Give Kids A Smile in St. Louis, the American Dental Association adopted the GKAS concept and established a national clinic day each year in February that sees more thana million children and provides more than $100 million in dental care each year in cities across the country. St. Louis is proud to have started GKAS and about ADA’s national expansion of these services for children.
Give Kids A Smile St. Louis continues to be a leader both locally and nationally in developing and implementing access to healthcare services. We continue to develop new and innovative delivery systems to address the dental health needs of children.