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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 10,000 people living in poverty. For nearly 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 2022:
Give Kids a Smile Day

Toothaches are one of the most common reasons low-income kids miss school. Dientes’ Give Kids a Smile Day provides life-changing, free dental care to uninsured children in Santa Cruz County, and is a part of our Dientes Cares for Kids program. Our goal is to make prevention more common than treatment so that kids can focus on school instead of a toothache.

If it wasn’t for Dientes my kids’ dental care would have fallen through. When I found out that we could receive free care, I felt like I won the lottery! I’m so grateful.


Kathy, Santa Cruz