Give Kids A Smile!

Scripps Pediatric Dentistry
will be volunteering on
February 2, 2018

Healthy Smiles & Happiness Start Here!




Other Volunteers


Children in Need


GKAS Events

On February 2, 2018 Scripps Pediatric Dentistry will join 6,353 dentists and 22,180 other volunteers to serve 278,000 children in 1,244 different GKAS events nationwide.

Tooth decay is the single most common, chronic childhood disease, five times as prevalent as asthma and 20 times as prevalent as early childhood obesity. Regular dental check-ups are critical to keep children’s teeth and gums healthy. Left untreated, tooth decay can have devastating effects on young children and has been connected to more serious health concerns later in life, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia and diabetes. Early dental problems can affect children's learning, how they interact with other kids and their ability to eat.

A major barrier for too many families is the lack of access to affordable dental care. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about half of all children from low-income families have had tooth decay and 19.9% of children in California live in poverty.


Scripps Pediatric Dentistry is proud to partner with Give Kids A Smile 2018 to provide wellchild services for up to 30 children in need, at no cost to the families.

GKAS has helped more than 5.5 million children nationwide receive dental care.

The ADA Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile program is a nationwide program launched in 2003 that brings dentists and other volunteers together to provide screenings, treatment and education to children throughout the United States.

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