National Give Kids A Smile Day

The first Friday in February is observed as Give Kids a Smile Day. No, this isn’t a holiday designed to give parents and grandparents a reason to make children happy or to entertain them so that they smile. Instead, it’s a day dedicated to protecting their teeth and encouraging a foundation of good oral care.

At the heart of this holiday is an initiative that helps poor kids receive the dental care they so desperately need. In the U.S., dental health can be prohibitively expensive for some people, which means that there are plenty of children who aren’t getting the dental care they need to keep their teeth for their entire life. Fortunately, this holiday attempts to change that sad statistic.

The History of Give Kids a Smile Day

In 2003, the American Dental Association created the Give Kids a Smile Program. This was a way for dentists to work with their communities to provide children with dental cleanings, oral health education, screenings, and other forms of preventive treatment.

This holiday started out as simply a one-day event observed during one particular year, which is still encapsulated by this holiday but has grown to be an event that’s now observed every year.

According to recent statistics, approximately 25% of American children under the age of 5 already have cavities, and over 10 million children receive no dental care. This is an unfortunate situation since dental care is not only cosmetic but is specifically tied to good health. In other words, dental health is healthcare.

Facts About U.S. Dental Care

Unfortunately, we can’t talk about Give Kids a Smile Day without talking about why such a holiday initiative is even needed. Below are some statistics about U.S. dental care that we feel shed light on this subject and hopefully encourage people to advocate for those who can’t afford dental healthcare.

Observing Give Kids a Smile Day

During this holiday, parents of children who need dental care should seek out the dentists in their area that are providing free services and take advantage of those free services.

It’s also a good idea to spread the word about this holiday to families who might need to take advantage of the free dental services provided on this day. This can be done in person, or it can be done by using the hashtag #GiveKidsASmileDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 2 Friday
Next year (2025)
February 7 Friday
Last year (2023)
February 3 Friday
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