The Kansas City Health & Wellmobile is proud to partner with Miles of Smiles, giving smiles back to area youth. Miles of Smiles, Inc. provides free dental care to children in the Northland who do not have access to oral health services. The dental care is provided by a licensed dentist and assistants, in a school setting or social service agency, church or community location for ease of access. Miles of Smiles treats children from the ages of 3 to 18, and 75% of the treatment provided is fillings and extractions. All of their patients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning and x-rays.
The Miles of Smiles, Inc. Portable Dental Program began in 2002 to meet the oral health care needs of low income children in Clay and Platte Counties. Since Miles of Smiles launched, they have provided charitable dental care in a community-based setting to the needy children of Clay and Platte Counties, seeing more than 15,000 children for 63,000 chair visits. That is 15,000 children whose lives are changed because of community support!
The dental program consists of two full time and two part time dentists and four dental assistants who provide treatment on-site, in schools, and at other social service organizations. All services are free to Clay and Platte County children who meet the income guidelines.
Dental Services Provided On-Site (using portable equipment) Include:
• Comprehensive Oral Exam
• Bitewing & Periapical Radiographs
• Prophylaxis & Fluoride Treatment
• Amalgam & Composite Restorations
• Stainless Steel Crowns on Primary & Permanent Teeth
• Vital Pulpotomy of Primary Teeth
• Extraction of Primary Teeth
Helping Runaway Children
and Victims of Domestic Violence
Miles of Smiles also partners to offer services for Synergy Services, an organization dedicated to helping runaway children and victims of domestic violence. Miles of Smiles is the dental provider at Synergy Youth Resiliency Campus, located at 2001 NE Parvin Road in Kansas City, MO. Synergy offers programs ranging from counseling, primary care, and dental care to a green GED program. The campus also offers activities, including a gym, art and craft opportunities, a recording studio, and a computer lab. The facilities and services are designed to help connect with homeless children and provide a safe haven.
Help a Child Live a Longer, Healthier Life
So what difference does a clean, healthy mouth make in a child’s life? Consider this: Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show about 20 percent of preschoolers—that’s children ages 4 and 5—have tooth decay. And 50 percent have tooth decay by the third grade. By the time children reach the age of 17, 86 percent have tooth decay. More than 52 million school hours and more than 164 million work hours are missed each year due to dental problems.
The good news: By adding dental varnish to routine dental procedures, we can prevent 48 percent to 60 percent of cavities. At a small cost—about $1 per treatment—this can eliminate the need for many expensive, time-consuming, painful procedures.
Give a Smile!
To find out if the dental program is scheduled to come to your school or organization, or to donate, please call (816) 413-9009 or visit www.milesofsmilesinc.org/donate. Remember, donations received not only help children feel better—they give them the opportunity for a brighter, more successful future.
Miles of Smiles
5536 NE Antioch Road
Kansas City, MO 64119