Your school can help students learn better & improve attendance via our School-Based Dental Program. According to a 2012 study by the American Journal of Public Health, children who reported tooth pain were 4 times as likely to have a low grade point average when compared to children without oral pain.
If you work with children from low-income families you already realize the negative impact poor oral health has on a child’s ability to learn. Because low-income children have less access to dental care than other children do, they are 12 times as likely to miss school due to an oral health problem and over 4 million children attend school in dental pain every day. Dental problems also can lower self-esteem and slow personal development. The CDC and HRSA support school-based dental services to reduce oral diseases in children. We do too!
Schools benefit from improved student oral health because it improves attendance and concentration in the classroom due to fewer toothaches.
We work with local dentists that provide on-site dental care at schools where there are children in need and we create a dental home with the same level of care provided by a traditional office. Our program is easy for a school to implement and costs the school nothing.
Please contact us to learn how your school can join thousands of others partnering with our school-based dental program to fight dental disease so children can better learn in the classroom.
BIG SMILES DELIVERS FREE CARE
Big Smiles was featured on NBC affiliate KSEE in Fresno, CA as a partner with the Fresno County Office of Education to provide free care to uninsured students thanks to a $25,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Fresno.
MORE VIDEOS ON BIG SMILES:
- ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reports on the tremendous need for dental care to the underserved. Join the effort to bring critically needed oral healthcare to children in need. You can truly make a difference. Click here to access the video of the story on the ABC News website.