Posts Tagged Healthy Smiles Dental Program

Broadening Access to Dental Care for California Kids in Need

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Eleven-year-old Yennyfer walked out of Santa Barbara’s Eastside Dental Clinic on Friday morning with a bright, healthy smile following her second-ever dentist appointment. Yennyfer is one of nearly 60 kids who received free dental care this month as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with the Sunrise Rotary Club and a number of other […]

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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Futures for California Kids in Need

From left, Maria de la Cruz, holds her one-year-old daughter, while Alfredo and his seven-year-old sister stand by at the Healthy Smiles dental clinic.

At 13 years old, Alfredo de la Cruz, had never been to the dentist until Saturday. Alfredo and dozens of other children from Santa Maria, Calif. received free dental care this weekend as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with a number of other Santa Barbara County organizations supporting the effort. “I’ve seen a […]

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Healthy Smiles Dental Program

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Have you ever thought twice about buying a toothbrush? It’s an everyday item that many of us consider essential and easy to buy. But for some children, the cost of a toothbrush and paste is too much and they go without. That leads to a lot of health issues beyond just tooth decay. Since 1994, Direct Relief’s “Healthy Smiles” program […]

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Bringing Brighter Smiles to Santa Barbara County Kids

DRI Brings Brighter Smiles to Santa Barbara County Kids

In honor of the National Children’s Dental Health Month, Direct Relief International sponsored its 14th annual round of free dental clinics in Santa Barbara County, California. Four clinics were held in high-need communities between February and April, helping connect 18 county dentists with 105 children who lack the resources to receive needed dental services. Created in 1993 to address the […]

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