To create lasting oral health for the underserved children and adults.
The Big Idea:
Give Kids A Smile Day
Our 14th Annual Give Kids a Smile Day will provide free dental care and oral health education to 30-40 uninsured children of Santa Cruz County. Our goal is to make prevention more common than treatment, so that kids can focus on school instead of a toothache.
This day of free care serves 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 aims to instill healthy habits and positive experiences with the dentist so that kids can continue their good oral health throughout life.
I was recently laid off and our family lost our insurance. Without Dientes, our son would have to put up with the pain of needing a filling until we could afford it. I’m so grateful for the care he received here.
Dustin, Santa Cruz father of a Give Kids a Smile Day patient