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Dientes

Organization Mission

To create lasting oral health for underserved children and adults.

The Big Idea:
Give Kids a Smile Day

There is nothing quite like a toothache — it is all-consuming. Toothaches are the most common reason low-income children miss school, and they’re largely preventable. You can help make prevention more common than treatment so that children are able to focus on school instead of a toothache.

Give Kids a Smile Day provides free dental care for uninsured kids who would otherwise fall through the cracks — families who don’t qualify for public insurance and can’t afford expensive or even discounted dental care. The need in Santa Cruz County is huge. Two out of three people with public insurance (and many more low-income, uninsured residents) are not receiving dental care.

Dientes aims to create healthy habits and positive experiences with the dentist. With your generosity, we can prevent expensive treatment in the future and help kids continue good oral health throughout life.

Your support is needed to get rid of toothaches, so local kids can get back to being kids.

Insurance and going to the dentist is not something we can afford. A big thank you doesn’t even begin to capture the gratitude I feel for the opportunity to bring my children to Give Kids a Smile Day for free dental care. Dientes is fantastic!


Michelle (mother of Dientes patients), Santa Cruz