HDA Young Dentist Group Blog

The Give Kids a Smile Program in Honolulu was a Huge Success!
Posted on 03/02/2015

On February 21st, HDA's Young Dentists Group president Dr. Scott Morita along with approximately 75 kind-hearted volunteers sponsored the Give a Kids a Smile program at the Makahiki Medical and Dental Clinic in Honolulu. While Give the Kids a Smile is a national campaign, this was the first time in a statewide format the program has been offered in Hawaii.

Dr. Morita explained at the event that Hawaii has one of the highest rates of cavities in the entire country, making this event so very important. At the Give the Kids a Smile program last week, Dr. Morita was so happy to see hundreds of children show. In addition to providing the children in attendance with free dental screenings and cleanings, the youngsters also enjoyed playing games, eating tasty snacks and winning some great prizes. The whole idea behind the Give Kids a Smile campaign is to make going to the dentist fun and not something to dread or be frightened of. Everyone who was at the event could see clearly that all the kids were having a whole lot of fun as were their parents and all the great dentists & volunteers that showed up to help.

Before the children were given their free dental cleanings, they enjoyed a fun lesson that showed them how to maintain their beautiful smiles. The event was the first of its kind for Hawaii, but Dr. Morita says he would like to make the Give the Kids a Smile campaign something that takes place every year in our great state. The program was indeed a very different and fun-filled way for the kids in attendance to go to the dentist and a dental trip none of them will forget anytime soon!

We applaud all the dentists and volunteers who helped make the Give the Kids a Smile Program a fantastic success! One of the goals of the Hawaii Dental Association's Young Dentists Group is to promote the quality of dental care the people of Hawaii deserve through educational, social and community outreach activities. The recent Give the Kids a Smile program in Honolulu helped us achieve that goal which will go far in reducing the incidence of dental decay and disease across our state.