Give Kids a Smile Dentist with Patients

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Give Kids a Smile!  The two-day, statewide event is Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, however if those dates don’t work for your clinic, alternative dates may be scheduled.

participation kit


Hosting a Give Kids a Smile event may seem daunting at first. But with careful planning, creativity and support from the MDA, your event can become a special day that your staff looks forward to each year.

Because careful planning is the best way to ensure a rewarding experience hosting your Give Kids a Smile event, the MDA has created a participation kit. It compiles 16 years of Give Kids a Smile know-how into one resource just for you!

Do you have questions about your Give Kids a Smile event? Chances are you do and the answers to your questions are likely in the Participation Kit. It is very important to read the entire kit. Please note the consent to treatment forms (available in several languages )are in the FORMS SECTION. It is important that no screening or treatment be provided to any child who does not have his/her consent form signed by a parent or guardian on the day of service.

Participation Kit

Along with these materials, we encourage you to utilize materials from the Sip All Day, Get Decay and the Power of Sour on Your Teeth campaigns during your event.

Certificate of volunteer service

Dental professionals may wish to track volunteer service hours, which may now be applied as elective CE credits toward the new Minnesota Board of Dentistry CE/Professional Development requirements.  To help them document their participation in GKAS, the MDA has provided this simple Volunteer Certificate. Please note, one hour of volunteer service equals one elective CE credit.


The MDA publishes a Give Kids a Smile newsletter that relates practical information about this program to all dentists in the state. Articles include: tips for seeking free supplies, answers to legal questions regarding volunteer dentistry, ideas for planning your event, information about sponsors, and more. Click on the following PDFs to view past newsletters:

Smiles Change Lives

The Minnesota Dental Association is pleased to partner with “Smiles Change Lives,” a national nonprofit organization that provides access to orthodontic treatment for children whose families cannot afford the full cost of braces.

Providers who treat children during “Give Kids a Smile” are asked to watch for children who could benefit from the “Smiles Change Lives” program. Specifically, please watch for patients who fit the following requirements:

  • Be 7-21 years of age;
  • Have “good” oral hygiene and no unfilled cavities;
  • Have a moderate to severe need for braces;
  • Not be wearing braces currently;
  • Family must meet the SCL financial guidelines (varies by geographic location); and
  • Be willing to pay the non-refundable $30 (USD) application fee and the non-refundable $650 (USD) required financial investment (per child).

Providers are encouraged to consider become a child’s referring dentist and work in coordination with one of the more than 75 orthodontists in Minnesota who volunteer for the “Smiles Change Lives” program.