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SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 1, 2021 – Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare and the leading orthodontics provider in the country, has partnered with the San Diego County Dental Society, the County’s Dental Health Initiative and Share the Care in support of the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” program, which provides free dental screenings, dental sealants and fluoride varnishes to underserved children.

The free dental services will be provided at one-day clinics at all 16 Western Dental and Western Dental Kids locations in San Diego County through March 19. Dental sealants and fluoride varnishes are painless and effective treatments for the prevention of tooth decay, the single most common chronic disease among children.

“We know that far too many children do not have access to the care they need,” said Dr. John Luther, Chief Dental Officer at Western Dental. “For us, joining with the SDCDS is a great way to serve and support communities where we have offices.”

The Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) program, launched nationally in 2003, provides underserved children ages 1 through 18 with free oral health care. Each year approximately 6,500 dentists and 30,000 dental team members volunteer at local GKAS events to provide free oral health education, screenings, preventive and restorative treatment to over 300,000 children. More than 6 million underserved children have received free oral health services through the GKAS program.

Appointments are required at the free GKAS events, which kicked off Monday, February 22 and will continue for four weeks at these times and locations:

Western Dental Location



3805 Mission Ave,  Suite A Oceanside, CA 92058

Tuesday, March 2


1450 N. Imperial Ave, El Centro, CA 92243

Wednesday, March 3


12649 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064

Thursday, March 4


1539 E Plaza Blvd, National City, CA 91950

Friday, March 5


 286 Euclid Ave #201 San Diego, CA 92114

Friday, March 5


4123 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Tuesday, March 9


1468 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027

Tuesday, March 9


169 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

Wednesday March 10


1450 N Santa Fe Ave, Suite A&C, Vista, CA 92083

Thursday, March 11

760 322-87-13

7046 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Friday, March 12


5807 University Ave, Suite 3-5, San Diego, CA 92115

Wednesday, March 17


583 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021

Thursday, March 18


For more information on the GKAS event, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL. For a comprehensive list of participating dental offices throughout the county, visit www.sdcds.org.

“The doctors and staff who serve at these events fill a real need and provide a valuable service to the community,” said Edwin Rivera, Vice President-Community Engagement & Strategic Alliances for Western Dental. “We are happy to be a part of this and grateful to all who participate.”

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