In 2005, the California Dental Association sponsored a bill that made California one of eight states that mandate oral health assessments. This landmark legislation requires children to have an oral health assessment by May 31st of their first year in public school at kindergarten or first grade. Volunteer dentists that participate in the ‘Give Kids A Smile’ program organized by SGVDS every year helps fulfill the oral health assessment requirement for children who may not have access to dental care. The ‘Give Kids A Smile’ Program is conducted every year during the months of January-April. SGVDS Community Health Zone Directors coordinate volunteer dentists in their specified areas ‘zones’ to provide free screenings for children at local elementary schools.
Zone 1 Altadena, Pasadena, San Marino, South Pasadena
Zone 2 Alhambra, East Los Angeles, El Sereno, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera
Zone 3 Hacienda Heights, Industry, La Puente, Rowland Heights, Valinda, Whittier
Zone 4 Arcadia, Bradbury, Duarte, El Monte, Monrovia, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, S. El Monte,