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Dientes Community Dental Care


Organization Mission

To create lasting oral health for underserved local children and adults.

The Big Idea:
Give Kids a Smile Day

Dientes aims to make prevention more common than treatment so that kids can focus on school instead of a toothache. This day of free care helps identify and serve kids who would otherwise fall through the cracks — families who don’t qualify for Medi-Cal, and can’t afford expensive or even discounted dental care at local clinics.

Dientes’ 13th annual Give Kids a Smile Day gives free dental care to 40 uninsured children from low-income families in Santa Cruz County. The event serves kids that would otherwise fall through the healthcare cracks, and instills healthy dental habits and positive experiences with the dentist. This way, kids can continue their good oral health throughout their life.

“I’m in between jobs right now and so there’s no other financial way to get the work done. It’s such a relief that Dientes is here for us.”

— Joan, foster parent