Community Health

Healthy Smiles Dental Program

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 has provided free dental treatment to 1,800 low-income, uninsured school-age children with severe need by partnering with Santa Barbara County dentists to offer free one-day clinics.

On Sunday, Dr. Samuel Burg opened up his clinic and staffed volunteer dentists and hygienists who provided dental care and education to over 60 children that day.

Additionally, children received Dental Packs – toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss – which were donated by multiple healthcare manufacturers to Direct Relief and packed by volunteers at Direct Relief. These donated products ensure that children can continue the good oral hygiene practices they learn during their free clinic visit.

Healthy Smiles is a great example of a program funded by donations to our USA programs and the partnerships Direct Relief has with local clinics.

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