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Dientes Community Dental Care

Organization Mission

Dientes is on a mission to create lasting oral health for underserved children and adults.

As the largest dental care provider in Santa Cruz County, Dientes provides preventative dental care and affordable treatment for over 11,000 people living in poverty. For 30 years, Dientes has worked hard to ensure that cost, insurance, income, language, and transportation don’t prevent people from visiting the dentist.

The Big Idea 2023:
Healthy Smiles for All

All too often in our community and beyond, wealth = health. Dientes is committed to providing access to vital dental care for patients living in poverty so that everyone can have a healthy smile. We work to ensure that cost, insurance, income, race, language, and transportation do not prevent people from visiting the dentist.

For thousands of your neighbors in Santa Cruz County, dental care is simply out of reach—and cost is often the biggest constraint. Not only does lack of access to care impact physical health, but your smile affects self-esteem and confidence. Our ‘Dientes Cares’ program helps make oral health care more accessible to all. For low-income, uninsured patients, we subsidize affordable sliding scale fees and offer free care to those who need it most.

Your support is critical to help uninsured patients have the dignity that comes with a healthy smile.

Missing a bunch of front teeth made it almost impossible for me to go out and act confidently in the world. Dientes has provided me with the means to eat and smile. It adds stability to your life - Dientes has really showed me light at the end of the tunnel.


Gene, Santa Cruz