There are many opportunities for GDA dentists, spouses, and staff to volunteer and use their skills to reach out to patients and general members of the public. If you know of other volunteer opportunities for the dental community, please send details to hall@gadental.org.

Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM)

The Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) was a free, two-day dental clinic in August 2011 that saw hundreds of volunteers provide access to critical dental care for thousands of low and no-income Georgians. Other GMOM goals met in 2011 were to educate Georgians on the importance of good oral health and raise awareness of the difficulty that low-income adults face in accessing critical dental care. The GDA is finalizing dates and locations for a second GMOM in 2013. Visit www.georgiamissionofmercy.org for news and updates.

Children’s Dental Health Month / Give Kids a Smile Day

National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is celebrated throughout the month of February. Give Kids A Smile Day is an annual centerpiece to NCDHM and is observed every year on the first Friday in February (The next Give Kids a Smile Day is February 1, 2013). National Children's Dental Health Month focuses on providing oral health education to all children despite their economic status. Give Kids A Smile was designed to provide education, preventative, and restorative care to low-income children who do not have access to care. For details on volunteering for a GDA Give Kids a Smile Day event, please visit the GKAS page by clicking here.

Special Athletes, Special Smiles

Volunteer dentists and dental staff are always needed to provide dental screenings and education to the athletes at the Summer Games of the Georgia Special Olympics. Traditionally, this event takes place in June on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta. Recently, a second event has been scheduled in Warner Robins in late summer during the Special Olympics Master's Bowling tournament. Georgia’s screening program for special athletes has become the model for the rest of the nation as well as the international games. This event is a collaborative effort between the GDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, area dental hygiene educational program, and community volunteers. For more information about upcoming program, and to be placed on an information mail list, email layfield@gadental.org.

Prevent Abuse and Neglect Through Dental Awareness

The Georgia Dental Association has educational materials for dentists provided by the Georgia Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness (P.A.N.D.A) organization. The GDA has educational brochures available to members that feature a list of 50+ common orofacial and other abuse and neglect indicators; 20 color photos illustrating common abuse injuries; information on where to call for help on deciding when to report; details on what information to have when you call a child protective agency; and a brief overview of mandated reporter liability laws in Georgia. For information, contact hall@gadental.org.