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Free Dental Screenings

Good oral health is important for overall health and well-being, yet 1 in 5 Hoosier children suffer from untreated tooth decay. During the month of February, participating providers are providing free dental screenings, preventive and restorative services or education to Hoosier children.

Click on a county in blue to find participating providers near you.

Featured Events

Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library
40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
Saturday, Feb.18
Free dental screenings in the dental van at the library entrance. Free dental kits with toothbrushes, activity booklets, bookmarks, superhero capes and masks, and more. Storytime with America's ToothFairy in the atrium.

Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis
9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. EST
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Free dental screenings and kits, X-rays, prophylaxis, and application of varnish fluoride and sealants in the Pediatric Predoctoral Clinic on the second floor.


Did you know?black family brushing teeth
  • Half of Hoosiers live in an area with a dental health provider shortage.
  • Over 4 in 10 children have tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten.
  • Children with cavities in their primary/baby teeth are 3 times more likely to develop cavities in their permanent/adult teeth.
Give your kid a smile:

Cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases for kids ages 6 to 19.
Protect your child’s teeth by having them:

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About the Program

Give Kids A Smile® is an annual volunteer program that provides free educational, preventive or restorative services to children. The program will take place in February 2023 at participating locations.

The program was created in 2002 by Dr. Jeffery Dalin, an Indiana University School of Dentistry graduate, and was recognized in 2003 by the American Dental Association as a nationwide program. For the 20th anniversary of Give Kids A Smile®, the Indiana Department of Health is partnering with participating providers willing to provide free oral health care services to Hoosier children.