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Give A Kid A Smile

Give A Kid A Smile

Over the past five years, we have helped over 100 individuals through Give a Kid a Smile. Some patients have received major mouth reconstruction and now have a smile they’ve always dreamed of having.

In Madison, the Give A Kid A Smile program works through the school system and the school nurses make referrals throughout the month of February.

We have elected to participate every year and each doctor agrees to see a number of patients during the month of February. Usually each of us sees between 2-6 patients and then we provide whatever care they need to restore them to a healthy state. We also have agreed to be “on call” so to speak for the school nurses when they get kids who develop problems throughout the year. So we will, on a case by case basis, take on additional patients. ~Dr. Lori Veerman

There is nothing more powerful than seeing a new smile on a kid that has gone through this program. ~Dr. Martin Challenger

Across the nation this year there will be an estimated 1,500 events where nearly 40,000 dentists, dental team members, and other volunteers come together for Give Kids A Smile. We are happy to be a part of this team of people working to make Madison a better place.

Dental disease is preventable and it starts with access and education. Ultimately, the money spent on the prevention of dental disease saves a lot more money down the road in dental treatment. Madison Family Dental is committed to helping people with access and education.

Give A Kid A Smile totals through the years:

2012: $2,710
2013: $20,803
2014: $9,430
2015: $9,595
2016: $8,804
2017: $5,317*
*as of May 16th, 2017


History of Give A Kid A Smile

Since February 2003 when the Wisconsin Dental Association joined the American Dental Association in launching Give Kids A Smile®, volunteer dentists, dental team members, dental and hygiene students and community advocates have provided more than $8.3 million in care to over  64,000 Wisconsin youngsters.

GKAS® children’s dental access program is held during National Children’s Dental Health Month in Wisconsin and enhances the oral health of children. Activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged and children face in accessing dental care.

WDA dentists may choose to work with community clinics, public health departments or school nurses to identify and treat children most in need of dental care. Sometimes a local dental society organizes 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 at no cost to their families.

Public individuals seeking more information about GKAS® programs should click here.

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