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give kids a smile

About the Program

Give Kids A Smile® is an annual volunteer program that provides free educational, preventive or restorative services to children. The program took 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 partnered with participating providers willing to provide free oral health care services to Hoosier children.

View February 2023 participating locations below:

Did you know?black family brushing teeth
  • Good oral health is important for overall health and well-being, yet 1 in 5 Hoosier children suffer from untreated tooth decay.
  • 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: