To create lasting oral health for the underserved children and adults of Santa Cruz County and neighboring communities.
The Big Idea:
Give Kids a Smile Day
Nearly two million school days are missed each year nationally due to dental problems. In California, one of every three children is affected by tooth decay by third grade. In Santa Cruz County, 24% of pre-k children have untreated tooth decay.
All of this is preventable.
With your help, we can give kids healthy smiles and get them back to school. At Dientes, our goal is to make prevention more common than treatment, so kids can focus on school instead of a toothache. We need your support for our 15th annual Give Kids a Smile Day. Your donation will help us provide free dental care and oral health education to 30-40 uninsured children of Santa Cruz County.
Give Kids a Smile Day serves kids who would otherwise fall through the cracks —families who don’t qualify for public insurance and can’t afford even discounted dental care at clinics. Your generosity will instill healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
As a parent, you want the best for your kids—to see them smile and know they’re not going to have issues in the future. In Santa Cruz everything is just so expensive, it’s hard for us to provide dental care, but Dientes makes that possible.
Nui, father of a Give-Kids-a-Smile-Day patient