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What Happens in Each School?

  • School Social Workers (SSW) meet with Miles of Smiles staff to determine annual program availability.
  • Notification is sent to all families in each school that Miles of Smiles dental team is coming soon!
  • SSW identify  families who qualify and help them complete the paperwork needed.
  • We also offer a paperless online registration process.
  • Online and paper forms offered in mulitple languages.
  • SSW partner with Miles of Smiles staff to create the student appointment schedule, notify teachers , coordinate the arrival and departure of students.


How Exactly Does the Portable Dental Program Operate?

  • Portable equipment and supplies stored in special suitcases
  • Van used to transport staff and equipment to each school
  • Schools provide a room for the dental equipment and staff to use approximately 2-3 weeks
  • Use schools’ electricity; dental program provides own water source

From Those We Serve...

What This Partnership Means for Students

"I gave my kindergarten student a special certificate after she had 11 cavities filled and never complained through the whole process.” (teacher)

"Now he comes to class smiling and ready to learn. The pain is gone and he feels so much better.” (teacher)

“I would use the program again because my son had the best experience – better than with any other dentist.” (parent)

What This Partnership Means for Parents

"I am so grateful for this. I did not have to miss work. It is really hard for me get time off.” (parent)

"Kids who did not smile or feel good enough to be at school now do not live with constant pain and are ready to learn.” (SSW)

“It is very difficult to find a dentist that accepts Medicaid so this has eased the burden of searching for a dentist.” (parent)

What This Partnership Means for Schools

“The dental van is a vital service for so many of our students. Over 40 students had major work done at our school last year who may NEVER have seen a dentist. Healthier kids do better in school.” (principal)

“The mobile dental van has been staffed with caring professionals who have helped lots of little folks develop good oral hygiene practices.” (principal)

Thanks to these businesses for sponsoring our equipment transport van!


Portable dental care for children in Clay and Platte Counties

5416 NE Antioch Road | Kansas City, MO 64119 | (816) 413-9009