Mission: Smile Partners is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit that offers preventive oral health services to low-income children and seniors in the Puget Sound area.
Why They Serve: Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, many times more common than hay fever. By third grade, nearly six out of ten children suffer from it. Children from low-income homes can have three times the number of cavities as their peers. Yet, the majority of children in disadvantaged households in Washington state do not receive dental care.
Since 2004, Smile Partners’ dental hygiene teams have been providing oral screenings, fluoride varnish applications, cleanings, sealants, referrals and oral hygiene instruction to disadvantaged children in elementary and preschools throughout the Puget Sound area.
In 2015 alone, the organization served nearly 10,000 young patients in more than 100 schools where at least half the students receive free and reduced school lunches. Often the percentage is much higher, with a range of 60 – 95 percent and an average of 80 percent. The free or reduced school lunch is a federal designation and a key indicator of extreme low-income status of the students at a school. During the 2015 – 16 school year, Smile Partners is at work in Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Tukwila, Seattle, Bremerton, Central Kitsap, North Kitsap, Belfair, Everett, Mukilteo, Arlington, Marysville and Edmonds.
Smile Partners also serves seniors in Kitsap County through its Smiles for Life program at the Waterfront Park Community Center in Winslow, Bainbridge Island.
Events We Have Partnered On:
Smile Kits - August 8, 2017
Projects We Have Partnered On:
2016 Giving Tuesday Awareness Program